Creator Jazzy is an incredible artist currently based in California (United States of America)
How would you describe yourself?
As an ENFJ, I am a firm believer in people. I love interacting and having a meaningful connection with others. This is why I love illustrating and writing. I can create a safe space on the internet where we can express our frustrations and find strength in others free of judgment.
How would you describe your art?
For so long, I believed art was very unapproachable. When I would go to my local museum, I didn’t fully understand the artist’s intent behind their abstract or contemporary work. However, I eventually realized that I can define art for myself. So, I would describe my illustrations as my creativity in squares. I choose not to fit into any of the art industry’s boxes and, instead, use art as a radical form of self-expression. I draw inspiration from real women and real experiences. I diverged from the conventional depiction of femininity, and instead, painted raw and genuine experiences that so many women have faced. I choose to paint subjects related to gender, class, and race–universal human experiences that often go ignored.
How would you describe your field?
I would describe the online art community as very supportive and open to budding illustrators. I have no formal training or education in the arts. However, through social media, I have met wonderful and extremely talented creatives who welcomed me with open arms.
What do you want to say through your art?
I use my art to speak out about the injustices in our society. Often, many people try to silence the dissenting minority. This right may not be explicitly stated in our constitution, but dissent is a civil right that arises on how to have a working and thriving democracy. It sparks uncomfortable yet pressing conversations and ignites change to reconstruct unjust policies. But never has it been so clear that we need long-term, decisive action to defend our civil liberties, champion civil rights, and stand in solidarity with those who are marginalized. Securing these basic human rights is more than giving opportunities to a single person–it’s about changing mindsets and hearts, rewriting laws and policies, and investing in our youth. Without illustrating our truth or dissenting opinions, we lose that capacity to determine if our laws and systems are just. Although sometimes I stand alone, my art stands up for those who cannot speak, who are not seen, and for those who have been silenced. Because at the end of the day, when society fails to speak up, even one illustration can change the world.
What / Who inspires you?
There is this lovely quote that inspires me whenever I feel stressed or tired:
“our work should equip
the next generation of women
to outdo us in every field
this is the legacy we’ll leave behind”
– Rupi Kaur, milk & honey
This is a very male-dominated industry. A recent study of all the permanent collections of 18 major US art museums finds that out of its 10,000 artists, 75.7% are white men. The lack of diversity as women struggle to gain the same success in our careers as our male counterparts drives me to create. We need to be comfortable being seen and heard no matter our age, gender identity, race, or sexual orientation. This is the legacy I hope to leave behind.
Does your work comment on your social or political issues?
Absolutely. Whether it’s creating art related to feminism or political issues, I believe my role as an artist is to harmonize with social movements around the world. I began creating digital illustrations related to women’s rights to make feminism more approachable to the wider community. My art creates visual representations of the movement—expressing the collective narrative of women. I then capture my intention through the written word and provide contextual information. This not only deepens the audience’s understanding but also challenges the wider community to question their own beliefs.
What obstacles have you faced?
My biggest obstacle has been myself. With no formal training in art, there were many moments of self-doubt, questioning my abilities as both a writer and illustrator. However, because of my little corner on the internet, I had to practice a lot. My google doc where I write all my captions for Feminist Jazzy is currently 123 pages long. Fast forward a couple of months, after a lot of patience and diligence, I get to see my hard work pay off. Being able to support women who support women has always been my goal, and I get to live out my passion daily.
What is the best advice you could give to someone entering the same industry as you?
For me, I have always wanted to start @feminist.jazzy and @creator.jazzy but I was too scared to have people read what I write or know what I think. But, honestly, the scariest part was starting. So, my best advice is to just start. Stop thinking about the what-ifs and do the work. It’s that simple, and it’s that hard. But, in the end, it’s just starting.
On a more pragmatic level have you been supported during your project?
I have always been supported by the amazing women in the art community. I get to see women around the world who are both pursuing what they love and standing up for what they believe in.