Illustrator John Kenn Mortensen calls his dark illustrations done on “sticky notes” of child-eating monsters, vampires, spiders and ghouls a “salute to the misfits of the world.”
“I’ll Be Traveling with a Goat,” an illustration done on a sticky note by John Kenn Mortensen
Mortensen, who has also created televison programs for kids, lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. In an interview from 2014 he categorized himself as a “misfit” of sorts who didn’t “fit into” the “code of conduct” of the Danish art scene. His artwork is very much in the same spirit of fellow grimster Edward Gorey, and Mortensen’s micro-illustrations are as impeccable as they are terrifying. Especially when it comes to Kenn’s child-eating, vampire clowns.
Text reads: “All will miss me, and experience a great loss, when they found out I have been a victim of the spider king’s maw”
Mortensen’s artwork is the subject of two books, 2014’s Sticky Monsters, and his latest (an eBook), The Misfits - A Bloody Adventure from the Countryside of Denmark, a story about vampires that according to Mortensen contains contains profanity, heavy metal, severed heads, witches, maladjusted adolescents, general discomfort, buckets of blood, and lots of vampires. Nice. More of Mortensen’s scary stickies follow as well as a video collage of his work.
“The kid will die when he reaches the end of the thread.”
“Welcome to the Vampire Show”
A video collage featuring the illustrations of the artist featured in this post, John Kenn Mortensen
Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Edward Gorey’s ‘anxious, irritable’ tarot card set is predictably perfect