A Non-binary writer, artist, and director with an abiding interest in the macabre and absurd.
Jess | Anson
My work is driven by an interest in psychology, LGBTQ+, the environment, and philosophy. Horror, the macabre, and Absurdism – in the humorously morbid vein of Samuel Beckett and Ionesco – are key features in my art and writing.
Like HP Lovecraft, Guillermo del Torro, and Junji Ito, I explore story and imagery with terror. Not to make people afraid or paranoid, but to push against concepts with discomfort. Bertolt Brecht believed art should make its viewers question and make them think. Horror is a perfect medium to make people think.
Why does this cause us discomfort? Why are we afraid? What does this say about us, as a people and a society, that our response is fear? Racism. Sexism. Violence. Abuse. Mental Illness. Ableism. The absurdity of our own existence and the struggles we put upon ourselves.
Through horror I explore these topics. In turn, these are topics that allow me to think of horror and its presentation in different ways. Let’s change the face of horror, from aimless violence and jumpscares, to an aesthetic that may address the inequities of our society.
Artist | Writer | Actor
Illustration & Painting