Calvina Morgan

Calvina Morgan


Nashville, Tennessee

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About Calvina

I always describe myself as “a lot Bipolar – a little artsy.” I dabble in different mediums from painting to tattooing and I even write. I love the freedom art brings me to explore my inner worlds, worlds where nothing is quite real and everything is up for interpretation. I have loved outer space since 4th grade when I was in the Young Astronauts Club, and I have always wondered about other worlds that might be out there. I enjoy science and the explanation behind everything but I always love to bend the rules so, for me, the idea that physics can be “bent” intrigues me deeply. I try to put things together that don’t quite go together and have a wonderful time exploring the surreal. Some of my favorite artists come from Surrealism, from Dali to Magritte and far beyond, I have always enjoyed the juxtaposition of worlds or realities. 

I struggle with Bipolar 1, Schizoaffective, and GAD so I find that when creating art of this nature, I am able to slow down the constant talking in my head and truly focus on one thing. It brings me peace to create such realities and allows me to dig into the things going on in my brain without completely detaching from reality. For me, art is therapy so in its very creation, I am finding the usefulness of such imagery. I am often caught up with the thoughts in my head, but, when I create, all of that slows down and it’s just me and the paintbrush/tattoo gun/pencil…whatever medium I choose…the effect is all the same, to make me a better, more understood person in the end. It’s the only way I can cope with mental health issues. And it’s far cheaper than conventional therapy. 

Mush Mouth, Calvina Morgan, Acrylic and ink on stretched canvas.

Interview with Calvina Morgan

Calvina Morgan, Med Compliant. Ink and paper, March 2022.

I like the use of color and the different types of pill split lines on the different pills. What made you decide to put which pill where?

The pills are from my own experiences with medications. I’ve tried the gamut of different medicines and currently take 6 different medications to be stable. One of the larger pills reads “Self Doubt” because that is something that is the forefront of my mind. I’m always doubting my abilities as an artist and writer. The rest of the pills are labeled with other negative thoughts and feelings that I experience on a daily basis, even with being med compliant.

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