Artist Interview: ColBé JAM

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Artist Interview: ColBé JAM

What are your ear­li­est mem­o­ries relat­ed to art?
My ear­li­est mem­o­ries of art were of my moth­er doo­dling at the kitchen table. While look­ing over bills that need­ed to be payed, she’d doo­dle on them and pray. It was ther­a­peu­tic for her.

How and when did you start becom­ing an artist yourself?
It start­ed out as doo­dling. I start­ed to won­der how to draw like old­er peo­ple. I was always told that I have to learn myself.

What was the evo­lu­tion like toward find­ing your cur­rent voice and visu­al vocabulary?
It took a long time and I’m still find­ing my voice.

What is your process like?
My process may change depend­ing on the work. When it actu­al­ly feels like work (meet­ing dead­lines) every­thing is han­dled metic­u­lous­ly. I also enjoy those day as well, but when your just going with the flow… the work that is pro­duced… AWESOME.

I just real­ized while think­ing of what to say that. I guess I like the feel­ings of leav­ing some­thing behind.

Is there any­thing from your artist state­ment that you wish to expound on, that you nor­mal­ly don’t have the chance to discuss?
I’m nev­er sure of how to tell peo­ple about art and what it means to me. I sim­ply say that I love the feel­ing of cre­at­ing. It does­n’t have to make mon­ey it just has to speak.

What do you try to con­trol in your sur­faces, and what do you leave to chance?
Oh con­trol, who can say that it is or was under con­trol. I’m still knew to this so maybe it’s just me. In my opin­ion the best work is done when you get a lit­tle out of control.

Where do you see your work going from here?
Well my dream is to one day wit­ness the dis­cus­sion of my piece and hear that it real­ly speaks to them. That it speaks to a group of peo­ple in a dif­fer­ent way.