Jasmine Crisp. Photo credit: Jon Wah
Larger than life (literally!) characters are the main focus of Jasmine Crisp’s rich and radiant artworks. In our latest spotlight, Jasmine uses exquisite alliteration to describe her work, as well as telling us what public holiday she would enact.
Q: Hello Jasmine! Can you please tell us a bit about yourself?
A: Hello! I’m 21 years of age and currently finishing my Bachelor of Visual Art at Adelaide Central School of Art. I’ve lived in Adelaide and studied my whole life, driven around (and crashed) in Iceland, exhibited a little, and enjoyed a studio at Floating Goose Studios. Most of all, I work hard towards more travel and adventures!
He Could Go to Any Place if He Wanted
Q: Who inspires you? What inspires your art?
A: New places and the people that inhabit them – even if it’s just taking a long route home, to seeing a new tree or learning a new face.
Q: Do you have a preferred medium?
A: I love to paint (oil, mostly) but I started out as a drawer and am strongly driven by a long-term love of photography.
He Never Knew When to Finish a Pink Lady
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: lots of I’s…Imaginative, inquisitive, inviting, introspective… hopefully interesting!
Q: Can you please describe your artistic and creative process i.e.: from lingering idea to putting it into practice?
A: Often I brainstorm on public transportation. I believe it’s where estranged people and places connect in moments of reflection. This is where I read, scribble and ponder before dreaming up a scheme, photographing the scene and creating visual narratives.
His Possessions Only Acted as Fuel
Q: Where do you see your art practice taking you in the next five years?
A: Hopefully in places I don’t know anything about! I am excited to explore the world as much as possible. My art practice thrives on encountering new landscapes, personalities and challenges.
Q: If you could recommend one artist, who would it be?
A: I could only recommend one if it was the combined love-child of Egon Schiele, Paula Rego, Grayson Perry, Lucian Freud, Trent Parke and Julie Fragar… which probably doesn’t count.
She Had the Power at Her Fingertips
Q: What is your favourite gallery?
A: I adore our wonderful Art Gallery of South Australia, it reflects Adelaide itself, a place of combined cultures and influences that stretch over time to create a curious collection of things. Although I do wish I could re-visit the Leopold in Vienna, MONA in Tasmania and the Tate Modern in London on a daily basis.
Q: Where can we find more of your work?
A: I hope to build a website very soon, for now you can find me on Instagram, and hopefully increasingly on the walls of Adelaide galleries.
Q: If you could choose a new public holiday, what would it be?
A: ‘Nobody-drive-a-car day’. I often wonder what it would look like if we all wandered freely on the roads of our sun-lit city.
– Masya Zabidi