Cuddly Rigor Mortis

Kristin Tercek of Cuddly Rigor Mortis has creepy cute paintings, jewelry, and prints available at

Tell me about yourself, Kristin.
In 1992, the year after I graduated NYU Film School, I met my husband, Ed Mironiuk.  Eleven months later we started our own company, Cha-Pow! digital ink and paint, coloring animation for Coke commercials, Elmo's World and Saturday Night Live, to name a few.

In late 2005, as a hobby, I started Cuddly Rigor Mortis LLC, hand making plush dolls of my own creation. I had never sewn anything before in my life. I did little to no promotion and yet had my fair share of exposure. Gallery shows, magazines and fans found me from all over the world.

After 3 and a half years of sewing the same patterns over and over again in my spare time, I needed a break. Painting was calling me and I found myself able to explore some deeper themes that I never could with fabric.  I'm older, filled with inspiration I never had access to and a brand new appreciation for it. So I offer up a glimpse at what's been swimming around inside my head for a long time. And if it seems just cute and happy, please keep looking. I'm sure you'll notice something quite horrific soon enough.

How did you originally get into your craft?
I taught myself to paint when I was eleven. I came from a creative family, but no one painted. I guess it was watching Bob Ross and William Alexander on tv that spurred me to go out and buy some paints and canvases.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
I've asked everyone around me this same question and no one can come up with an answer. I know that whatever it is, my husband, Ed Mironiuk, would have to be there. Hands down, he's the best thing to ever happen to me and the only reason I'm alive and doing what I'm doing today. For real.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Hmmm...some days it's painting, some days it's corresponding with fans, some days it's promotion, some days it's keeping up with all the prints and plaques in my shop. And on other days, all of those things can be the best things about my business too.
Go figure!

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I was in love with movie-making and thought I'd be a director. After seeing Star Wars I was hooked.

What item in your collection would you like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
Well, seeing as I have one taped to my wall, I guess I'd have to say a "Make Like A Banana..." giclee.

What other artists out there do you love?
Takashi Murakami
Mark Ryden
Ernst Haeckel
Toy Field
Friends With You
Kris Kuksi
J Otto Seibold
Nagi Noda
Wayne Thiebaud
Tim Biskup
Esao Andrews

What does your future hold?
Hopefully silver jumpsuits and jet packs.
And another trip to Tokyo.