Jasmine Worth is a painter we’ve long admired, with a darkly surreal style. Her imagery is composed mostly of smaller works – women cloaked in religious attire, saintly and soulfully iconic. Sometimes they float, eerily beheaded or embracing Eraserhead-like infants, sometimes they bleed in unexpected places and sometimes they just give you “that look” – sorrowful, all-knowing and spiritually serene.
Jasmine currently makes her home and studio in sunny San Diego, almost an oxymoron considering the work she produces, ( or maybe it’s the result of… ). Eclectix finally got around to adding her words to a long overdue interview.
Your works have a dark, religious influence with iconic female saints – what got you started in this direction?
I find symbolism of all kinds deeply moving. I enjoy everything from Occult symbolism to Catholic symbolism, and so on. I use a lot of symbolism in my work, I like the idea of an esoteric story within a story. The role women play in religion is fascinating, from the Goddess to the Virgin Mary; I enjoy exploring her evolution. In my most recent series, I started out with the idea of the Goddess in all her forms, and it has expanded from there. I’d like to explore the idea of the evolution of the Sacred Feminine more in the future, how she has changed across different cultures and times.
We’ve noticed quite a few beautiful, professional photographic portraits of you, out there on the web. (Witness her profile pic at the very top of this post…) Do you model as well?
I used to model a bit for fun, I still have some photographer friends and I like to shoot with them on occasion.
My favorite art memory from my childhood is …
Probably my very first drawing of Fred Flintstone, I remember it was the first recognizable thing I had drawn. It wasn’t like my other drawings where I had to explain that the brown lump with lines coming out of it was supposed to be a dog, everyone just looked at it and knew it was Fred instantly. I was really proud of that at the time. Now I think I like the idea of the lump a little more…
My interest in painting started …
My interest in art started when I was really young, I used to fill color books, draw on walls, watch cartoons and try to draw the characters.
I am often inspired and motivated by …
Old silent films, they are so eerie, I love to have them on in the background when I’m sketching.
If I could spend the day with any artist (dead or alive) it would be …
The art technique (a specific tidbit of craft or mechanical expertise) that has helped me the most is …
Glazing, I use it a lot and I love the effects it can achieve. I paint in oils, I will typically do an underpainting, followed by more refined colors, then my final step is the glazing. I use a 3 part medium of damar, turpentine, and walnut oil.
Lately, I’ve been experimenting with neo-megalip, which is supposedly a close approximation of what the old masters used.
If I could own one piece of art, out of the world’s collections, it would be …
That is a really hard question to answer! Maybe Morning At Shit Rock by Odd Nerdrum. It’s a beautiful painting, but it’s of women shitting, so you want to look at it but also kind of don’t, I love that.
I’m also a bit of a romantic so anything by Waterhouse. Also anything by Rembrandt or Caravaggio or The Martyr by Paul Delaroche would be amazing, there are so many..
My current favorite piece of my own art is …
I think “Blood Mother” (below) is my favorite currently. At a whopping 11×14″ it’s my largest piece in a long time. I learned a lot from working on that piece.
My ultimate project or fantasy is …
My ultimate fantasy would be to learn the painting techniques of some of the old masters I admire, there’s a lot of speculation out there about their techniques and how they worked, so being able to sit down and watch one of them paint would be amazing.
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on two large series to be released later next year, they’re in the developing stages now. A feature show at La Luz de Jesus Gallery, and a two person show at Paul Booth’s Last Rights Gallery.
If you could time travel – what event, era or historical date would you like to drop in on (and why)?
The burnings of the library at Alexandria, so I could try to prevent them, heh.
The last song I choose to listen to was …
I can’t recall which track I left off on, on the Sopor Aeternus album, Dead Lovers Sarabande…
The last book I couldn’t put down was ..
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley, I love that book!
One of my favorite words is… Cromulent
(Fine, acceptable or normal; excellent, realistic, legitimate or authentic)
One of my favorite smells is… Vetiver
I can’t live without … Books!
It’s not hip, but I really love …
Agatha Christie’s Poirot, and Miss Marple, and Murder She Wrote. I don’t think you can get more ‘un-hip’ than that.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be?
Oooh, tough choice. I’m really into Maui and Portland at the moment for entirely different reasons. I haven’t traveled enough yet to give an informed answer to that question.
My favorite motto (or quote) is …
Love Never Dies
LINK: To Jasmine’s Website
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