Video interview from RAW Seattle: Radiate in August. A little bit more about what I do.
Thanks to Christian Saxton for putting together such a great video.
Interview Transcript from “RAW Seattle, Radiate”:
My name is Jocelyn Staskus. I'm from Cleveland, Ohio. I am an artist. I focus on photography and drawing but I also get into other things; mixed media, oil painting, acrylics, and also ceramics. Ever since I was little my mom would make sure that I had pens and crayons...markers. She told me later, I said "Mom what made you give me... make sure that I had pens and papers and crayons and things and make sure that I go to art classes?" She goes, Well it was the only thing I knew that made you happy."
I do really large scale drawings. They're wall-sized mural drawings, and the space I have tonight, I could have brought a couple... actually I could have probably brought one or two*, but I figured since I'm coming all the way out here from Cleveland, Ohio that I would bring a lot more to show Seattle. So what I brought tonight are scaled down prints of some of the wall-sized drawings, it's a series called "Lost Among Dreams". It's what I've been trying to push to find a space where I can show the series of drawings in their entirety, so I brought some of those. I brought drawings from my latest series "Seductive Nudes" which I'm also very excited about. It's a concept born from the idea of a nude versus a partially clothed nude. There's usually a piece of underwear a little undergarment. I'm still developing the series, it's very young, it's very fresh... I am very excited about it I cannot wait to keep doing it and the reactions I've had to it have been phenomenal. I mean, you can tell what people think when they look at it and that's what I love, I love the feedback. So I brought some of those, and I also brought a lot of prints from my "Girl Trouble" series. It's a studio-shot photography set of a little doll running around dealing with body image. So that's another one of my most favorite series, it's also received very well. A lot of women seem to...well it's obvious you know they connect with it.
My push right now is to really love myself and get my stuff out there because, I'm... you know it's worth it the work that I do is worth it and it's, it's what keeps me going and I would love to be at a point, at some point, you know, 10 years 20 years down the road where it's all that I do.