GGotW: What is your connection to the goth community?
KM: My high school closet was my connection to the goth community. Til the end of my sophomore year I only wore black, I would lie down on the floor of my bedroom and listen to music for hours and write very dark but very beautiful poetry, Siouxsie and the Banshees especially. Makeup didn't interest me as much as the darkness I felt as an outcast. I was a recluse though I had a reputation in school for loving everyone equally. One afternoon my mother opened the room to my door and interrogated me. She said, "Are you doing drugs? What kind of girl only wears black! Who wants to paint their fingernails black?" Then she opened my closet door and said, "You are so morbid. A closet full of black." She couldn't see I was sorting things out in my own way.
GGotW: What do you enjoy about the Goth Community?
KM: The Expression and the eye. The goth community is often misunderstood and the women especially confront (mainstream) society using art, by being the walking embodiment of art. When a person looks at someone in the goth community their eyes begin to ask questions, and much like my mother those questions are distorted; they may ask "why is she dressed like that?" rather than asking themselves why they feel attacked by that individuals desire to not conform. Goths provoke dialogue upon a glance, and usually it is a one-way dialogue that speaks more about the person opening their mouth than the girl or boy all dressed in black.
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