GTS- Who are you and what do you do?
–My name is Aaron Doctor, or sometimes “Dr. Morose”, when it comes to signing my artwork, as that’s the moniker I’ve been creating and working under for the last five years or so with Morose & Macabre. I do lots of things, artistically speaking… or I try to do lots of things, anyway.
GTS- Where were you born and raised? Family?
–I was born in Butler PA, and that is where I grew up. That’s where I spent the majority of my life, right up until moving last year.
My family is great. My dad and I have some big differences, but my mom and I are really close, and I have a younger brother and sister who I couldn’t be more proud of. And most of my extended family isn’t completely batshit crazy. MOST… So, I’m not doing too badly in the family department. Oh! And of course all my friends who are family to me and my furry babies (all dogs!) who I’d be lost without.
GTS- Were you a spooky child?
–Yeah, I was always this way. My mom has a bunch of stories she could tell you, and it’s funny because I think she kind of knew that it wasn’t “just a phase” all along. For example, when I was in kindergarten, aside from drawing skulls on EVERYTHING, which is worrysome to your teachers, there was a particular incident that I still laugh about, because it’s so stupid. It was Valentine’s day or something and our teacher was asking us to write a card to someone we loved, so I wrote mine to Satan. My HORRIFIED teacher sent my ass to the principal’s office, my mother was called and told that there was some awful thing I did and they needed to see her and when they explained what had happened, she had to explain to them that Satan was the name of our doberman. My dad named that dog and I wasn’t raised in a religious house so I didn’t understand what the Hell I did wrong. So, I started the business of spooking my teachers early.
My mom sorta perpetuated all that though, because she knew it made me happy. She bought me monster toys and let me watch horror movies and just let me grow up to be a weirdo and loved me anyway, cause she rules. She still buys me goofy Halloween toys and monster movies as gifts.
GTS- What medium do you most enjoying working with?
–My preference changes a lot. If you asked me that a year ago, I’d have said acrylics, because I was still painting more than anything else. Right now, I’m enjoying exploring different mold-making techniques, which my very patient fiancee is trying to teach me, and casting and sculpting things and trying to figure out ways to best employ what talents I have in several areas at once. so, it’s a mixed bag.
GTS- What memorable responses have you had to your work?
–I’ve had some great ones, some bad ones, and some funny ones. People in Cleveland at this art-walk we (Morose & Macabre) tried to vend didn’t seem to respond well. We ended up putting up a page on our website with quotes from satisfied customers and putting in some of the “what the fuck is THAT?” comments we’ve had too. Overall, though, I find that most people respond positively, even if it’s not their “thing”.
GTS- My Personal Favorite! I just missed getting the original.
GTS- What inspires you? or gives you ideas that you want to create?
–Alot of things. other artist’s work, of course. Architecture, the concept of an afterlife, even though I’m uncertain there is one… Anything macabre, mad collectors, nature and natural history, urban decay. Death, obviously… Life, sometimes. HALLOWEEN, horror films, ghosts (actual or metaphorical). Specific moods of my own, but those can make or break me and are quite often detrimental to me rather than helpful because sometimes I’m not careful and don’t properly manage them.
GTS- What is the last book you read?
–I’m almost always involved in several books at once, and they’re usually short story anthologies and they’re always horror. But, at the moment, I think I’m just about finished with Clive Barker’s ‘Mister B. Gone’… I’ve not been reading a lot lately.
GTS- What is Goth?
–The reason I got beat up in high school.
I could give you the lecture I give to everyone else and the textbook definition, but it seems to be something different to everyone. It is a counterculture movement that grew up around a specific type of music, like most other subcultures. For me, it will always be 80s bands with big, fabulous hair and androgynous singers dripping with layers of fishnet and looking for all the world like they just crawled out of some spooky German expressionist nightmare… But that’s just me. A friend of mine recently said something about how we live in a “mashup culture”, which is both exciting and disheartening at the same time. It leaves a lot of wiggle room for interpretation and new music and fashion and ideas but it also means that every time I go to a goth bar I hear Lady Gaga (I’m looking at you, Bar Sinister! Why?).
GTS-Aaron once posted these works as his rejects! I LOVE that moon especially!
GTS- What are you working on at the moment?
— I’ve just begun a series of skull-faced mixed-media dolls that I’m pretty excited about. As usual, i’ve got a zillion ideas and my problem is managing the rolodex in my head and keeping everything in order… Like I said earlier, I’ve been trying to work more on sculpting and creating some more mixed media pieces, and I’ve recently started drawing again. Drawing was my first love when I was a kid, and I lost track of it for a while because I was concentrating on other things, but I’ve been trying to train myself to do something creative every day, and drawing is an easy way to exercise your art-muscles when you don’t have the time or energy to devote to a more demanding project. So, you’ll likely see more illustrations and mixed media stuff and less paintings from in the near future.
GTS- What are you doing when you’re not creating? What (other) hobbies do you have?
–Hunting for and collecting strange things. Lots of bones and medical equipment and vintage photos and taxidermy – just endless stuff. I could ogle at and shop for weirdness like that for hours…. Mentally cataloguing and lusting after amazing things that I usually can’t afford. I’m a huge horror movie nerd so I watch tons of movies. I also kind of enjoy cooking even though I’m not very good at it. It’s nice being this close to such a major city now, so I taking weekend trips to L.A. to see friends, as well.. or just relaxing at home and spending downtime with Guytano and our pup, Belladonna.
GTS- Do you admire any artists / photographers? (Famous or not!)