We’d like to extend our congratulations to Natalie Jervis, one of our contest participants! She is an emerging artists who we believe has a very distinctive style and the usage of birds is super cute.
Emerging Artists Natalie Jervis
How do you define art?
I believe that art is difficult to define. The most common way I have found to define art is to say ‘art can be whatever you want it to be’. I suppose this is true. One day a urinal is just a urinal, the next Marcel Duchamp has turned it into a piece of art. I recycle the bodies of dead animals and turn them into taxidermy artworks. Art can be anything. However, I believe that it is not as simple as saying ‘this is art’. The visuals as well as the thought processes go hand in hand.
Why do people need art in their daily lives?
I think that art acts as a release for people. We have so much to say, so many issues and thoughts circulating, art allows us to channel this. One piece of art can say so much more than a thousand words could ever do. I am a creative person and love thinking of new works, going into the studio and turning an idea into something real. Allowing others to see what I can envisage. I need art in my daily life and for me this is enough. However, all we have to do is look at how many people practice art and how many people enjoy experiencing it. This is enough proof to say that people need art, but why they do, I believe differs from person to person.
What inspired you to first begin creating art? Tell me about the stages your work has gone through?
I almost fell into becoming an artist in a sense. I have always been creative and have enjoyed making things. But it never became serious until I left school. My work has gone through an unimaginable amount of stages. It took me a while to find myself within art. I was waiting for something to click, to say yes this is me. My friend told me once that art practices stem from your childhood experiences and playing habits. The more I think of this the more I believe it to be true, for as a child I was very interested in animals and I had quite a variety of pets. Though I can honestly say I never cut them up when they died!
What is the reality of our art world today? Do people experience it enough?
I believe art is everywhere you look. I don’t think it’s a case of do we experience it enough, its do people look for it enough. Art is not hard to find. The reality is that art has a big platform and therefore if you’re passionate about art, it is solely down to the individuals drive and curiosity to experience it.
by Maki Kern