Describe a person who has been influential to your work or career as an artist.
JD: I have been greatly inspired by artists such as Robert Rauschenberg and Man Ray who have used collage as a means of simplifying the complicated and manipulating layers in order to share experiences. I am most compelled by artists that work in narrative and find ways to express darker parts of life with beautiful output.
Tell us something interesting or unique about your process.
JD: My process has involved years of collecting. I collect old papers, pieces of text, old photos, dead animals, wax drips and just about anything that holds an aura of importance. These items then come together through addressing their vibrational impact in relation to the narrative I am working through. For instance, my work speaks about the metaphorical “killing” of things about my identity that no longer build me. Therefore, I look to the taxidermy animal wings, the feathers, teeth and bones to represent, physically, what they may look like. I am a collector and storyteller. I am have to work in layers to fully express my perspective. For that reason, my process often looks like the makings a crazy hoarder.
Jasmine Dillavou is one of ten artists whose works are being showcased in GOCA 1420’s Senior Visual Art (VAPA) Majors exhibit, X. From start to finish the ten students worked together to exhibit and promote their work. This is the tenth annual Senior VAPA Majors art exhibition and runs from 15 April through 14 May 2016. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, or by appointment. GOCA1420 is located at UCCS Centennial Hall at 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, 80918.