Jelly tells us about herself with a simple Q&A
Q1 Who is Jelly?
Jelly is a street artist known for painting feminine figures with dynamic supersize eyelashes in murals around the city and on canvas.
Her lived experience as an asian, female with autoimmune illness permeate her artwork along with her background in politics, sociology and history.
Q2 Where do you get your inspiration?
Everywhere, from fashion photography to music and subculture, politics to social issues, inequalities to gaslighting, everyday characters at a bus stop to children, a beautiful rainbow to the moody shadows of dusk ..and dreams.
Q3 Did you have any training?
Ironically my academic studies in the social sciences along with my lived experiences, probably influence my artwork more than my university degree in fashion and illustration.
I also truly believe being an artist is a state of mind, it’s either in you or it isn’t, or is yet to come.
Q4 How would you describe your art?
Emotive, vibrant and accessible with narratives of empathy, love and self worth
Q5 What artists inspire you?
Resonating with Frida Khalo’s pain and frustration with chronic illness, to the pure bonkers and disturbance of Dali, Renaissance art, French Baroque and indigenous art, as well as ephemera such as flyers and food packaging. And of course the varied styles and techniques of other street artists many of whom I’m blessed to say are now my friends.
Q6 What does Sentiment mean to you?
Such a different way to display art, a little bit like a happening from the 60s. To me chopping the painting up it almost removes the ego and turns it into a social piece. Kind of nice especially right now when so many are feeling disconnected from one another.
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