Ivy Leaves Journal of Literature & Art
James Dortch can be classified as one of the most ornery and hard-working students in the Visual Arts Department. As a senior with a double concentration in graphic design and painting & drawing, he is guaranteed to provide people with perceptive feedback and encouraging advice from “No one cares” to “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” In his work, he focuses on bringing attention to mundane objects or parts of life that people tend to hold back. This allows James to depict these items or emotions in a way that seems otherworldly. Much of his inspiration comes from the ideas of Will Eisner and Robert Crumb as well as their influence in the field of graphic novels and cartoons.
To read more of the interview and see work by James, turn to page 30 in the current issue of Ivy Leaves Journal of Literature & Art, or click here.
Emmy Wheatley may be grown, but she refuses to ever really grow-up. As this interview begins, a smile tugs at the corner of her mouth; she’s about to say something funny, let a rough gem slip by her jaunty lip ring.“I want this to illuminate how weird I am,” she says. She grins and stretches her arms across the table at Chipotle, where she works. “I’m not a good dancer, so expressing myself through writing is where it’s at.” She sinks back in her chair and stuffs her hands in the pockets of a smart grey pea coat. On her wrist sits something like a watch, but a “watch” with no clock face. Instead, there’s a tiny clear plastic shell, zippered at the top edge for easy entrance and egress—a tiny dinosaur resides there. I ask her about Yams, a character in “Birdcage.” She says, “I wanted to write a story about a lady who never gives up on childhood.” Yams is seventy-six years old, shoots people who annoy her with a Nerf gun, and tries to win a pie-eating contest. She is the embodiment of childlike spirit. Yams still wears a backpack, and Emmy also loves backpacks. She also acknowledges with pride that she and her sister still enjoy playing pirates, wearing capes. “I will always love to do childish things,” she says.
To read more of the interview and work by Emmy, turn to page 74 in the current issue of Ivy Leaves Journal of Literature & Art, or click here.