We had the good fortune of connecting with Jasmine Brown-Rasé and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jasmine, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
At first, it was because my dad was into art and would teach me how to draw. As I got older, I was interested in how you could communicate your perspective through image and other mediums, but still retain the emotions included in that thought. There’s something about creatively expressing yourself that is not only liberating for the creator but also the viewer. There’s this intimacy that I feel is unique to a creative career, plus the different perspectives that you can attain from each artwork is pretty inspiring. I would describe art as taking a front-row seat into ‘said artist’s’ introspection, whether that be the viewer through observation or the artist through creation.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a Fine Artist that specialises in contemporary painting and sculpture. Currently my work focuses on societal interactions and the effect that media plays in our communication with one another. It’s strange because I have noticed that as we make huge advancements in technology we take huge steps back when it comes to social settings; so for example, having conversations in person, detecting body language, social cues and so on. Therefore through my art I aim to create awareness, so that this development among the populace can be worked on. I’ve only just recently discovered what I want to convey through my pieces and I feel like the main challenge is finding a visual language that expresses these observations but in turn, doesn’t make my work didactic. Quite simply the only way I overcome this is through trial and error and feedback, adjusting each piece so it becomes more cohesive.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I studied at UCLA but I’m based in London so I’m not the best tour guide. However I will say that being spontaneous will let you get the most out of any city you visit, especially going on random walks, that’s when you find the real gems).
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Rodney McMillian, he is the one professor that showed me how immature and irrelevant my thoughts were in regards to the topics I was exploring but at the same time he gave me tools and an outlook to contemporary issues that not only helped me mature as a person but also helped my art develop and grow.
These are all of my art pieces created and made by Jasmine Brown-Rasé