Before 2023, not much changed for me as an artist. My work took a lot out of me, and I had little inspiration for it. During this time, I was obsessed with the folk idea of the Wendigo and through my intrigue, I created Weedigo. This monotonous phase of my life felt as if it was waiting for a dramatic shift; it was as if something loomed in my closet waiting to strangle me while I slept. In January and the ensuing months, many things happened that changed my life. I learned the tide of the world sucks you in like a factory worker into a lathe, and I could feel the Liveleak logo framing my existence. When I heard of GAIAHORROR, it couldn’t have come at a better time. I created ‘Continuation’ over the next two weeks. I wanted to encapsulate some folk interpretation of this change, and based Continuation off of the poem “Two-Headed Calf” by Laura Gilpin. I also wished to depict that in the decay and mire of a shifting reality comes beauty. While “Gaia” makes sure that there is an abundance of suffering it is perfect in its appearance and important to acknowledge, lest you become uninspired and decrepit – dead of spirit.

— Klobb is an illustrator hailing from the Midwest with aspirations to break into animation and tattoo art. He focuses primarily on ink, watercolor, and digital art. His work can be found at @_barstow on instagram or at barstow.squarespace.com.