By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Apr 17, 2020 at 3:03 PM

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Milwaukee's Lauryl Sulfate is an unstoppable force of creativity. She fronts the smart-pop party band, Lauryl Sulfate and Her Ladies of Leisure (LOL), and contributes myriad visual art offerings to the universe.

"The work of mine that people know best is my ongoing moon series," says Sulfate, who is also the mother of two school-aged sons and a dedicated server at Transfer Pizzeria. "I think a lot of people would describe the moons as 'cute,' lol. And they are cute, but like a lot of cute things, they also have some sharp little teeth."

Sulfate is inspired by mythology, fairy tales, art history, the occult, nature and "the way we create meaning for ourselves from life and death."

"I like creating pieces that give you a strong sense of emotion, but that have a lot of space for people to interpret and reinterpret them," says Sulfate."I think of them as spells that I am casting to help the person who is meant to have the piece."

Since the stay-at-home order, Sulfate has lost most of her income as a server and artist whose work is sold in temporarily-shuttered shops like The Waxwing.

"I am currently laid off from my day job like a lot of people are, and a lot of people are understandably nervous about spending money, so that has slowed down my income quite a bit," says Sulfate."However, I’m seeing it as a good opportunity to expand and do some more exciting things with my Patreon community, which is a platform that I just started working with."

A subscription to Sulfate's Patreon starts at $1 a month. Check it out here.

"I really think it’s important that everyone can afford access to the arts, which are life-saving in their own way," she says.

Thus, Sulfate's moon paintings are small and affordable. The entire collection is viewable here.

"I’m very interested in the ways in which womxn artists have been telling their stories through craft throughout history, and that is part of the reason that these pieces are small and inviting. They LOOK safe, but thematically, they are not," says Sulfate.

Lauryl Sulfate is also on Instagram.

Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.