Words and Art by Antonia Bias
My name is Antonia, but I go by GoreGirl online. I’ve been passionate about art since I was young—always watching my mom paint and asking for my own art supplies whenever I could.
In college—where I majored in Fine Art—I decided to start selling my art as a way to make some money. It started out as just pen and ink drawings in a notebook, until I took an intro to painting class in my sophomore year. I struggled in that class.
That was, until I was given the freedom to create my first horror-inspired painting. I dove deep into painting and colors, everything I was too afraid of when I started drawing.
“Gore Girl” was born in my dorm room as I listened to the Rob Zombie song The Hideous Exhibitions of a Dedicated Gore Whore. As a lover of the macabre and obscure, I felt that was the perfect name for me and my small business: GoreGirlArt.
My business has grown so much over the past few years, and it amazes me every day. Through my art, I have found a sense of identity and purpose. I am always trying to learn new techniques and expand my artistic skill set: pushing my own boundaries to stray away from what feels safe, to create new works of art. These are things I feel are important in growing a business.
Learning to overcome my insecurities and accept myself has been quite the journey. It wasn’t always easy, and I have felt defeated many times in life. I have pushed myself to continue creating the things that I enjoy despite other people’s negative opinions (or just perhaps their dislike for things that go bump in the night).
Nevertheless, I feel truly empowered being “The Weird Girl.”