KJ Becker pours freshly made coffee and we sit down in her home art studio with a view of Manitou Springs. She begins to make art, painting whatever she feels in each moment on vintage Austrian and German vinyl records.
“I use a lot of textures and I kind of just put a blob on and play with it. It’s nothing conceptual,” she says. “For me, art has always been about the movement and feeling good, and the surprise, the happy accidents.”
She spreads the paint, vivid color by color. Her phone rests on the table to capture an animated GIF of her work, which she will post on social media.
KJ, 40, talks with Humanitou about the soothing power of art, facing depression and post-traumatic stress (PTSD), experiences of being a woman in today’s world, advocacy for others, and her new venture Expressive Art Peer Support (EAPS).
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