Another video interview, this one from RAW Cleveland: The Blend. Another tidbit of me and what I do. Get inside my head! (okay seriously don’t but you should watch the video).
Thanks to Jeremy Porter for putting together such a great video.
Interview Transcript “RAW Cleveland, The Blend”:
I'm Jocelyn Staskus, I do drawings and photography and it’s sort of just an outlet for me I’m employed as a graphic designer and you know that’s the stuff that... the commercial artwork you know it pays the bills so it doesn’t really let me vent my artistic endeavors or my artistic self but I go home and I do the drawings and I just let the stuff come out that doesn’t get to come out on a daily basis at work. I’ve been drawing and I’ve been an artistic person ever since I was little. My mom encouraged me to go to art classes. I kind of didn’t want to go, I always thought ‘oh it’s something else to do and ugh...’ I don’t know for some reason as a little kid it was kind of a hassle for me, but then she just made me go every week and so I went and I went and I went and I actually started to really appreciate the fact that she was taking me to these art classes at the art museums and getting me involved in all these different clubs and things so all the way through highschool I had a really wonderful art teacher and he really worked on me and my skills and really pushed me to keep working on it and he’s the reason actually I went to the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. I had four wonderful years in college and learned a whole bunch and I owe it all to my teachers and my mother and the people who’ve been there in my past.
RAW Menagerie in April was very successful for me. I showed a bunch of work that I’ve been working on for a little bit of time now also showed some older pieces. I was able to sell a lot of work which was a great thing. I love to create the artwork but it doesn’t really do much for me if it’s been created and it’s just sitting around in my apartment. You know I really want it to be out there living and having other people’s eyes on it and having other people enjoy it so for me it’s end goal, it’s destiny is to be somewhere in somebody’s space or be a gift or whatever, so selling artwork at the last show was definitely a high point for me.
What I’ve been working on lately is called the ‘Seductive Nudes’ series. I was actually messing around one night and realized that the placement of underwear or clothing on an almost nude figure really changes the idea of that nude. It can completely transform it from just looking at a nude to ‘Oh’. It has a little... there’s an idea in there. The funny thing for me is when I show this work – these Seductive nudes –that the reactions of the people who look at them, you can tell what their ideas and conceptions or perceptions of the human body are, when they see underwear in certain places, and for me it’s like, it’s just a body. You know there’s nothing else behind it, it’s just flesh. But other people put meaning onto the flesh and for me that’s very interesting.