Artist Feature: Anna McKay

Editor Shenyah Webb, Art, September 22nd, 2015

"expose vulnerability and isolation, while others reflect solitude and comfort."

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Anna McKay is a feminist artist who aims to deliver strong messages through her work in hopes to empower women. Many of her illustrations explore consequences of womanhood with subjects such as menstruation and gender power struggles.

It wasn’t simply the feminine themes that drew me into her portfolio, but all of the elements in her work as a whole. McKay has a very skilled eye for the use of negative space, creating well-balanced, simple and mod compositions. Executed with a dramatically-contrasted yet often fleshy palette, she reveals a seriousness in her subjects.

In much of her work, there is a disproportionate amount of this empty space, defining the boundaries and spotlighting her subjects and their emotional place; some expose vulnerability and isolation, while others reflect solitude and comfort.

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anna mckay art nailed magazineAnna McKay is a self-taught artist and illustrator based in Christchurch, New Zealand. She holds two degrees, a Bachelor of Arts (Cinema Studies and Mass Communications) and a Diploma in Graphic Design. She has exhibited her work  in several group exhibitions and has been published in several publications. She is the curator of a creative blog called The Visual Female and is also a poet. Visit her online, here.


Shenyah Webb

Shenyah Webb is a Portland-based visual artist and musician. She has been with NAILED Magazine since its inception in 2012 and has served as the Arts Editor and a Contributing Editor since its launch in 2013. A Detroit native, she attended The College for Creative Studies, where she focused on Fine Art and Industrial Design. She is currently enrolled in a Somatic Expressive Arts Education and Therapy training program, studying under Lanie Bergin. You can learn more about Shenyah here. (