Artist Statement

Catharsis AS Artist Statement:

Hi I’m Johnnie Xel, a gender-queer artist playing with all the colors.

Some of the things I do:

  • Write poetry
  • Performance/spoken word poet
  • Shoot photos
  • Make video
  • Paint
  • Cook

Performance As Catharsis

I cut my teeth doing performance art on the streets of Tucson, Arizona. My Mentor George taught me how cathartic this could be. Every time I performed I felt something transform inside myself.  Every time I spoke my truth I experienced this phenomenon Catharsis. It truly cleansed my spirit and set me free to further explore the power of Spoken word.

The Magic of Storytelling

I continue with the simple definition of Catharsis as my Artist Statement. As a Storyteller it is humbling to witness the effect my words have on an audience.

Please explore the links below. If you discover something you like lets talk about it. And check out my Patreon page. For just a few dollars a month you can help support the art I create, and have a say in the process!

Johnnie the pandemic edition, black and white selfie of artist in hoodie.

 Contact Johnnie

To purchase prints of any of the art or photographs contact Johnnie at