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Kleonaptra: Woman of many talents.
Kleonaptra is a young visual artist, creative director and musician from Maryland. She’s ¼ of female collective: MXDHOUSE, is on the team with another Washington, DC art collective called, #GIRLAAA and pretty much has a seat at any other creative space’s table. Not only does Kleo take photographs that always present a unique aesthetic but she also curates and executes interactive events throughout the city.
Brea: How would you describe yourself? Define your craft.
Kleo: My name is Melanie Plummer. I am a 23 year old creative from PG county, MD. I would describe myself as soft- spoken and shy but I am always down for a challenge. I’m a musician, filmmaker, photographer, creative director, Dj, and I love to cook!
Brea: Who was Kleo three years ago versus Kleo now?
Kleo: The me from three years ago is so unrecognizable from who I am today. During that time, I had just made my 20th rotation around the sun so I was younger and this was also when I had first discovered the “art scene” that existed in dc. I didn’t really know exactly what I wanted to do as an artist but I knew I wanted to create in as many ways as I possibly could. I remember being a very lost soul at this time in my life. I lost my father on my 20th birthday and didn’t really know how to function after. I thought that I could stay busy and distract myself reality within my craft but I ended up creating an environment for myself that stifled my healing process.
Brea: When and how did you discover that you were a creative person?
Kleo: My earliest memories of me being creative goes back to four year old me, watching my mother hand stitch a button onto a shirt. I remember wanting to do the same thing for all of my dolls clothes that had ripped off. I found old pieces of cloth in hidden places around the house and tried the same technique I had watched my mom do. Before I knew it, what would typically be an afternoon of doll playing and story telling, ended with me creating an entire spring collection for my dolls! That was the moment when I knew I wanted to always be creating things.
Brea: What has been your favorite project to create or your favorite event to curate in 2018?
Kleo: My absolute fave project of 2018 would have to be ‘Soul Bounce’. Soul Bounce was this groovy 70’s skating experience that my collective MXDHOUSE curated, in collaboration with, The Gnarwhalz, another dc creative collctive. I loved every moment of that project from the very start to the end. It really pushed my idea of what my creative abilities — where at the time and showed me that anything is actually possible — I feel like most people don’t take an account for this and it’s unfortunate but we are all truly unstoppable. I was extremely proud to see something that I had been writing about and planning for actually manifested into a reality.
Brea: Where is your favorite location in DC to find inspiration?
Kleo: It’s a bit hard to choose one location because I feel like I gather inspiration from so many places in Washington, DC — whether it be an art gallery, the interior decor of a restaurant, just observing the city or just being in the presence of other creatives from this area. If I had to choose though, I love going to my artist families house. I’ve been blessed with an amazing support system/mentor that allows me to play their baby grand piano whenever I need to release or meditate. I love sitting in their living room, drinking a glass of wine and getting lost on the keys. It helps me think.
Brea: Although you are talented at both, photography and creative direction, what do you prefer to pursue even more?
Kleo: This question is one that’s been a bit difficult for me to answer for a few years now. I’m always hit with the question of “You gotta choose one, so what’s it going to be?” To be honest, I don’t have a preference. I love being able to tell stories through film and photos but I also love being able assist others with bringing their visions to life. I’m also very involved in music and playing instruments. This has always been my first love so I’m truly hoping that the life I create for myself will allow me to go hard with all of these things that I enjoy very deeply.
“Ultimately though my main goal is to help people and to tell stories.”
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