Today we’d like to introduce you to Angelica Jessica Gonzalez.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
As a little girl my head was always up in the clouds dreaming of all the beautiful things I would see throughout the day, A simple tree, a ladybug, a sweet gesture, an interesting encounter, a nice cool breeze could get me off track in a heartbeat. I’d constantly find myself in trouble for not paying attention but I found the only thing that kept my mind a little quieter was art which stays true to this day only it serves more purposes.
With adulthood comes a little bit of madness. Innocence gets stripped and replaced with painful lessons. My personality makes coping with pain a little tricky. Seeing as how I am quite private it makes understanding situations difficult but when I pick up a pencil, a brush, my camera then all the pieces fall together into an answer I know I would have never seen without. Then it’s interpreted to something physical for someone to experience with me, hopefully helping them as well.
My art serves me at peculiar moments and provides answers to my questions, helps me see what my naivety blinds me from or does the opposite – are reminders to take life lightly, to stop and smell the roses, and is my most treasured gift that life has blessed me with and one that I’ll continue nourishing always.
Please tell us about your art.
I create pieces that are interpretations of a stage of life I was in. If I were to give you one of my drawings I would be giving you an interpretation of an emotion I was swallowed by – madness, confusion, joy, love, bliss. I would be giving you a situation I was experiencing- heartbreak, loss, temptation, evolution, You would be holding a moment of realization that presented itself to me at its end stage – answers to questions. Genuine, raw emotion is my inspiration for my drawings.
My photos however are taken for countless reasons and to keep it simple they are taken to capture beauty as authentically as possible. Whether it’s a vibrant flower that I remain in awe of like a child, a neat worn out building that scream of character, a beautiful person who was gracious enough to give me a conversation and a precious moment I hold close, it’s always a capturing of what I find beautiful. They are moments where I thought, “I never want to forget this” and with the photos I make that possible. My self-portraits and photos of others are interpretations of my life stages as well. A capturing of what I was feeling. How you perceive and interpret them is entirely up to you, is my thrill, and is welcomed to be shared!
Choosing a creative or artistic path comes with many financial challenges. Any advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns?
My best advice is to always find a way to continue creating regardless of what you are capable of having. As long as you have a paper and pencil then that is all that you need. Every other tool is extra. If you have the passion to further your art then you will make it happen. Don’t take obstacles as defeat. Work with them, work around them, or put up a fight against them. I have and continue to encounter the inability to feed my art because of financial instability but I quit taking “no” for an answer and always fight to find a way to continue creating. If a break is requiring that is okay-as long as you return, you should never allow a person or paper keep you from creating.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
People can see my work on Instagram – jessangelica. I can be supported by simply being appreciated if you find interest in my work. All that my pieces aim only to do is purely help or to shine light to all that is beautiful about life. Anything else is extra.
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @jessangelica
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