Interview: Jasmine Seo
Luca Curci talks with Jasmine Seo during THE EXTENDED BODY 2020 at THE LINE Contemporary Art Space.
My name is Jasmine and I am a surrealist with a propensity for enlightenment and an optimistic approach to life. Although I mostly work with pastels, I have been particularly enjoying incorporating collage, illustration and printmaking techniques in my artwork as a powerful communication tool to help our society broaden their sense of understanding and wisdom for better harmony and peace, not only within ourselves but also in our life. In my artwork, personified animals are embodied in the process of re-discovering a ray of hope that might have faded and been lost in the pandemonium during our individual lifelong journey. The perspectives through my inner child‘s eye are intended to bring every one of us together to the point where we can reflect upon the past and present, and work towards a better future together.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Jasmine Seo – Personally, I see art as a warmth that lets me be myself, like an old friend. Whether I have a good or bad day, art is always there for me to listen and helps me to understand beyond what’s on the surface. It illuminates and opens different perspectives, and it doesn’t mind going on a long journey with me
LC – Which subject are you working on?
JS – I have been doing more oil pastel works along with collage and printmaking. This has been a significant part of my personal “inner child” project as I always loved the smell of Sumi ink, the texture and colour vibrancy of oil pastels and collecting papers since I was four.
LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
JS – I was born and raised in South Korea up until sixteen, then moved to Australia alone for high school and university. While living in Australia for nearly a decade, I also travelled to different countries and explored different cultures due to my love and curiosity for the world. This also reflected on my studies in philosophy and sociology at Australian National University, which have always been the essence of the voice in my artworks. I also love reading, my all-time favourite author is Hermann Hesse. I read his books over and over as I grew up, and they all opened my mind to different perspectives and inspired me differently every time I read them. And this has inspired my artworks greatly that I don’t just create something pretty and unique, my artworks are friendly guides that let your mind flow freely and be in the positive light. In terms of art, Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall influenced my life greatly since my childhood. Their works taught me not to be afraid to be and stay original, and let me embrace the true free expression of colours and mind.
LC – Which is the role the artist plays in the society? And the contemporary art?
JS – I personally see myself being an artist as a comforter of one’s mind. My artworks don’t say out loud about the status of one’s mind, but any individual who sees it and finds themselves in it would find comfort and mutual understanding. I believe that this is an important aspect as there has been seen some distance in us from our true selves as society has become more hectic. This also indicates that the connection has become stronger in contemporary art as there is more demand from the public to find a way to free and understand themselves through art.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
JS – I find it rewarding as my purpose of doing art is for more therapeutic reasons; to heal by providing warmth and understanding.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
JS – My art themes entails philosophy, our inner child, time, freedom and love. The human mind and positivity have always been my main focus.
LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
JS – It certainly does, however, my visitors and I tend to enjoy having discussions on different subjects, so it always turns to be more like a philosophical talk. They help me to broaden my views and I enjoy exploring their thoughts, which is also reflected in my artworks.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID Group?
JS – I personally see ITSLIQUID Group as a rare open playground where you can express yourself freely in different ways. When I think of ITSLIQUID group, I picture freedom and originality.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
JS – Yes, I think that any artist who thinks uniquely and originally would appreciate the work that ITSLIQUID group does.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
JS – I think that book publishing might also be good, considering the originality that ITSLIQUID Group presents.