The first time Mo Herbe started making and selling shirts with her art on them was in eighth grade. At the time, she referred to her small business as “Odd Little Me.” It wasn’t until recently — after shaping her own abstract art style — that the name seemed to fit.
Her website, which launches today, will carry the same name: oddlittleme.com.
In one drawing, a figure is sketched, the body without hands and the eyes without pupils; the forehead is elongated and the hair is messy. To the side, Herbe’s feelings splay out in words: “I know it feels dumb to be insecure about my body because all bodies are good bodies, but here I am ripping myself apart.”
In the form of cartoons, the subjects within her art have no bounds. Their limbs stretch and bend inhumanly; jaws are disjointed and noses are misplaced. Though childlike and simple, her artwork doesn’t shy away from exploring mature concepts like sexuality, self-love and mental health.
Before she found her own style, she wasn’t as passionate about her own work. Herbe was a sophomore at Notre Dame Academy in Northern Kentucky when she found her niche in the art world. Recently graduated, she looks toward majoring in Fine Arts at Northern Kentucky University.
“It was really difficult to get into abstract,” Herbe says. “It was teaching yourself how to not do everything you do. It’s like going backward in trying to figure out your art style. It’s the opposite of technical, so you have to figure out how to do things on your own.”
Herbe has always wanted to make raw art that people could relate to. Her art explores the mundane everyday moments to show purpose to them. Making art that’s simple, Herbe explains, makes it easier for people to connect with it.
“Even if some of them may not be the most straightforward — some of my actual pieces versus my drawings are abstract where you need to find meaning in it for yourself — or if you don’t…