Jesse Draxler’s work was featured in Issue Four of Fine Line Magazine. We sent him some prompts (in bold) and he let us know a little bit about himself. (Sidenote: We have an awesome print of Jesse’s work for sale HERE.)
Current Living: In transit
Born: Appleton, Wisconsin
Education: Studied at the Minneapolis College of Art And Design, acquired Bachelors of Fine Arts from CVA (College of Visual Arts) in St. Paul
I grew up… in a small town ironically named Freedom.
Growing up… I grew up.
My childhood… was a childhood.
My family… is small.
My father… builds fire trucks for a living.
High school was… school high.
Growing up, I always wanted… to be somewhere else.
I never saw… -ed a man in half.
College was… something to do.
Art was… art.
Right now I am… typing.
I’ve always wondered… “what’s it like”.
I do not know… a lot.
I wish I knew… more.
Routine is… circles.
Everyday I like to… shower.
My work represents… representation.
I feel at home… I don’t.
I currently live… in between two cities.
I wish I could… teleport.
My favorite… probably isn’t really my favorite.
On a rainy day… I fill out an interview.
Everybody loves… Raymond.
We could all use a little more… rationale.
I am a big believer in… logic.
I couldn’t live without… doing.
Life is… strange.
Love is… stranger.
You can argue… anything.
I am full of… blood and guts.
The future… is now…is…now…is…now.
My next step… is another step.
Two photos of Jesse’s studio:
Where are you from originally? Where so you live now? Does you nationality play a role in your work?
I am originally from a very small town in Wisconsin called Freedom. At this very moment I am typing this interview from Los Angeles. I have been in LA for 6 months, but will be returning to my real home, which is Minneapolis, MN, in two weeks.
I am sure everything that has made me into the person I am today plays a role in my work to some extent, but am I aware of it - no.
Do you think you’ll make art forever? Why is art important?
Forever is a funny word, but I don’t see myself ever quitting the creative process. I can’t find a likely reason to. To answer the final part of this question - I am not so sure art is that important to everyone, so I can only speak for myself, but personally creating is the only sure thing I know.
Jaclyn Mednicov’s work was featured in Issue Four of Fine Line Magazine. We sent her some prompts (in bold) and she let us know a little bit about herself.
Living: I am currently living in Charleston, Illinois, because I am getting my M.A. in Studio Art at Eastern Illinois University.
Born: suburbs of Chicago
Education: B.F.A University of Kansas, Summer program at School of Visual Arts and study abroad at University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia
I grew up… in the suburbs of Chicago, went to college at the University of Kansas, moved to L.A. for two years, Brooklyn for 8 years, and most recently Chicago for 1 year.
My family… is pretty big, I have an older sister and two younger brothers.
If I had known… how much I would love being an artist and wasn’t so afraid of it, I would have started when I was younger than I did. My first art class wasn’t until my senior year in high school, I was even too shy to take a class at school so I took an after school class.
Growing up, I always wanted to be… a therapist or a makeup artist, I ended up being a makeup artist while also being a painter. Oddly enough, being a makeup artist is sort of like being a therapist.
I never saw myself… in Charleston, Illinois getting my M.A., but it is has been great for my work so far.
Art was… not a part of my life, except school projects, until my last year in high school.
Right now I am… wondering when I will finish this painting I am working on.
I’ve always wondered… what the future will be.
I do not know… what the future will be.
I wish I knew… what the future will be!
Routine is… drinking coffee every morning.
Everyday I like to… create something.
My work represents… impermanence.
I choose to work in my medium because… I like the fluidity of paint.
I wish I could… get to travel more in my lifetime.
My favorite thing… to do other than make art is baking.
I love… to cook.
On a rainy day… I like to stay inside and watch a horror film.
I am a big believer in… everything happens for a reason even if we can’t see it at the time.
I couldn’t live without… coffee and making art.
Art is… what can keep me sane.
Life is… up and down.
My home… is not permanent at the moment, which is becoming a theme in my art.
You can argue… not well.
I never… get bored.
Someday I hope… to have a home that I am happy to call home.
The future… feels scary since I don’t know what is next.
My next step… is to keep developing my work and growing as an artist.
Jaclyn in her studio
Do you have a day-job or do you make your living as an artist?
Before I came to Eastern Illinois University I was working as a makeup artist. I would like to continue with working as a freelance makeup artist while making my art. Eventually I would love to own a studio space for artists. Right now I am in the process of applying to several MFA programs. I would really like to be an art educator at a university at some point, which is mostly why I want to go on to get my MFA.
Why do you make art? Do you think you’ll make art forever? Why is art important?
I make art because if I don’t I feel as though something is off balance in my life. I hope to make art forever. I think art is important because everyone needs a way of expressing themselves, whether it is for the individual or for an audience. Art is a visual way for me to communicate.
Some ofJaclyn’s newest work: