For some artists it’s entirely obvious that they are here to make art. They do it. They love it. And that’s just what it is.
They might question the content of their work, or where it’s going, but they don’t necessarily question whether or not they should be making art in the first place.
That wasn’t the case for me.
I questioned it heartily and eventually learned that I needed to question it precisely because I needed a GOOD ANSWER.
I had a professor in grad school who encouraged me to, “Just be curious,” about the question. It was then that I actually allowed myself to genuinely ask, “Why make art? What did the art objects do for me? and What role do they play?” - not from a place of fear or self-deprecation but from sincere curiosity.
The answer that came was a powerful one that continues to guide and inform everything I create.
Why I make art and what it means to me.
I want to show you and tell you more. I want to unpack the work and what it means, so I’m creating a series of videos to do this very thing. That, and I’ll be many of the questions I’m so often asked. Things like:
How do I start?
How do I feel when a painting doesn’t sell?
Which parts of my life inform the paintings?
And what do these paintings actually mean?
INTRODUCING: Inside the Artist’s Studio with Jessica Serran: A Monthly Video Series
I want to create more connection. And I want to show you what’s inside the stacks of sketchbooks that have never been seen.