Kori Hess is a twenty-two year old representational oil painter hailing from El Segundo, CA. Through use of fantastical imagery and memento mori, Hess hopes to enchant, mystify, and incite emotion with her paintings. Hess states, “The goal of my work is to create something both beautiful and mysterious. I want to make people feel a sense of uneasiness while still captivating them with my imagery- like ‘This is weird and creepy, but I can’t look away’.” Hess works primarily in oil paint, but also enjoys ceramics, and explores other mediums as well. She draws her inspiration from nature, the human form, and her own inner musings. She creates work as a way of battling her mental illnesses and transcending the mundane; creating artwork for her is an emergent experience. Creating art is Hess’ greatest passion, and ultimately her purpose.