Ket Faery Interview
Ket Faery is a musician and performance artist based in Atlanta, GA, and they sat down with me to talk about their artistic vision, history, and the censorship of trans people on the internet. We started out our conversation at a health food store in downtown Atlanta. Ket started peeling off layers of clothing and we sat in the corner of the store. They were wearing an outfit that looked like a mix of a hobbit and a catgirl. As they pulled out their laptop, I started recording our conversation.
“I was tired of wanting a platform where I could post my art without it being deleted because they don’t like what I’m expressing. When Instagram gave me an access code to the Oversight Board, I got excited.”
Ket worked as a makeup artist instead of college initially. They wanted to go to design school, but their parents thought it was too liberal. They told their parents, “Well then I’m just gonna get a shitty apartment and work a shitty job and live a shitty life.” They got a job at the local rescue zoo, but Ket was horrified at the exploitation and treatment of the animals. They said they “don’t believe in shitting on conservation stuff because most people are in it because they care.” However, they could avoid working with people and be around animals, so they kept working at the zoo. At the time, they were cutting and dyeing their hair different colors, and one day Ket was outside the zoo smoking, when someone noticed their “avante-garde” hot pink hair.
Everyone they were working with went to the London College of Fashion, and their collaborators encouraged them to apply. Notable alumni of the University of the Arts London are Alexander McQueen, Jimmy Choo, and Peggy Gou. They are specialized schools based on the technical skills needed for the arts, and Ket was planning on attending and living in London.