Today we’re joined by Jennifer F. Jennifer is a phenomenal visual artist, who specializes in collages. While she’s done a bit of everything, Jennifer is truly passionate about creating collages. Her work shows an amazing eye, making incredible use of colors and lines. The images are so beautiful and they draw you right in, as you’ll soon see. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
So recently I’ve started creating collages, though my past art has ranged from fifteen years of dancing to writing to drawing (which I am actually awful at? But it’s fun and I like to doodle)
What inspires you?
Lately, it’s been pride flags because there’s so many colors and it makes so many people happy to see themselves recognized in some sort of media that I love it. However, I also love nature. Flowers, elements, rock formations, space… They’re amazing and probably my other big inspiration.
Politics is the other big one just because I’m a political science/pre-law major. Especially with all the stuff going on in the news.
And sometimes Disney.
Honestly, life. Life is probably a more accurate answer.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I took a two dimensional art class over a year ago and I LOVED it. It was an accident, but it was such great stress relief that I honestly fell in love. Then I quit one of my jobs and had a bunch of time on my hands… That was when I really started to pick up the fact that I love collages. I created over 20 pieces in the span of three months.
Yes, actually! I just expected to be a dancer, not a collage maker. So, kinda?
Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?
I don’t know if it’s unique symbol or anything, but I love working with blue and it’s always my favorite part of a piece is the blue section. It is always is the easiest for me, so I consider my blue sections part of my signature just because they’re my favorite?
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Don’t be afraid to try your own art style. Do what makes you happy. (That’s generic, right?) But really. Everyone paints and draws, but your style in it is about you. Choose something that you think looks neat instead of choosing what you think others want. If you enjoy it, someone else will too.
Also, take your time and let your art change. You aren’t going to stay the same, and neither should your art. So explore! It’s fun. Do something stupid or out of your comfort zone. You’ll get there.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
Ace, all the way. The rest of my identity is kind of in the air. That’s the only part I’ve felt the need to figure out. I’m just me otherwise.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Thankfully, not so far. My first work to gain popularity was an Ace flag, so that was great! In political science, we don’t really discuss it. My sexuality hasn’t come up, thankfully.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That I’m also aromantic. Explaining that the two can be separate, though aren’t necessarily, has been the most often issue I’ve had. Usually, it turns into a giant lesson on sexuality, romantic attraction, and gender.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Breathe before you do anything else. Then figure out your feelings. Terms can come last, though it’s nice to have a community. Your feelings are more important than anything else. You don’t have to label yourself, and you don’t have to come out. Sometimes just a term can make you feel better.
And don’t worry. There’s a community waiting for you wherever you go!
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Thank you, Jennifer, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.