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World Family please meet Darla Jackson!
Thanks for doing this interview give us your name
and what were you doing before this?
Jackson (DJ) :
Hey, thanks for having me. My name is Darla Jackson
and I just got done working on my house for the day.
you from and where you at now?
from New Jersey originally but bought a house in North
Philly a little over a year ago. We're in the process
of renovating it now to make room for 2 large sculpture
studios...and fixing everything that was wrong with
the house when we bought it!
now tell about your love for art when did it begin
and how was it cultivated?
loved art for as long as I can remember. I recall
being in absolute awe during trips to the Philadelphia
Art Museum in the 4th and 5th grades. I kept up with
making art through high school and decided to further
my skills by attending Moore College of Art, where
I found my love for sculpture. I graduated with a
degree in Sculpture and have become so much more serious
about my work since then through making my own work
and interacting with other artists. Philly is really
a great place for that.
kind of art do you do and what's needed for that skill?
: I am
a figurative sculpture working in clay and I make
molds to cast the final piece in either plaster or
bronze. I think that having a grasp on human anatomy
is really a key factor to being able to do what I
do, as well as just being able to look and translate
what you see onto the clay.
have we seen your art and we can we see it now and
in the future?
the past year I have been in a few shows at different
venues in the area including the Afif Gallery, Qbix
Gallery, Muse Gallery and an alternative space, Studio
C, which I've worked with in 2 shows. At the moment,
I have 2 pieces in the faculty show at the Fleisher
Art Memorial and am gearing up for a show featuring
3 life-size figures at Moore College in October of
whom do you do your art for? What drives you to do
your art despite working those hours to pay the bills?
What is your future plans for your work and you in
I make my art for me. If I don't like what I'm making,
I can't afford to invest my time into it. Secondly,
I make my art for the general public. I want anyone
to be able to see my work and appreciate it on some
level, whether it's for the skill involved or the
idea behind the piece. What drives me to make my art
is the need to get my ideas out in the world and to
see how they affect people. As for future plans I
am going to continue making new work. I'd like to
find representation at the right gallery for me and
start getting a couple of solo shows lined up. I also
want to continue to curate group shows and show the
work of artists who I respect.
: Do you
have a favorite piece or two?
now, my favorite piece is a small sculpture of my
rabbit wearing a crow mask. It's a piece about the
irony of hiding behind a scary mask when we're all
just scared little rabbits deep down inside.
are you thankful for?
: I am
thankful for the support of my friends and family
in whatever I decide to do. I am also thankful for
the ability to express myself in a way that has potential
to reach so many people.
makes you wonder about this world we live in?
: So many
things! But first and foremost, how people can be
so hateful to each other. We're all here with the
same universal goal, to live. Why can't we all support
one another in that instead of fighting wars and letting
people die over things like commodities? Life is too
precious to be let go like that...everyone should
have the same chance as anyone else in this world.
downtime consist of for you?
: My downtime
is spent working on my house and spending some time
with my friends and family.
important is the arts and the teaching of the arts
to people everywhere?
arts are so important to be taught to everyone, everywhere.
The arts are not only enriching to the mind and soul,
but they can be a great vehicle for change in the
world. I recently became a faculty member of the Samuel
Fleisher Art Memorial, which offers free and reduced
tuition classes for all ages, which is a wonderful
asset to have in Philadelphia. I'm excited because
seeing people connect with their artistic sides, sometimes
for the first time, just brings something out in them
that is really amazing.
: Do you
have something or someone you wouldn't make an art
: I will
use any subject matter that inspires me. I don't prefer
to use images or subjects that have no meaning. I
am very interested in symbolism and feel that every
object is rich with meaning. I believe that each image
used should always add something to the piece.
suggestions for someone struggling to get their art
or talents out there?
get started somehow. I was looking for a place to
have shows and decided to curate a few myself. I've
learned so much from doing that and have gained a
lot of confidence and experience from it. Also, a
network of like-minded people is so important to have
around you. When you want to accomplish something,
you will have a group of people to go to for advice
or assistance. That is so valuable for any artist.
to your peoples?
like to give a shoutout to my other half, Justin Grant,
who is also a sculptor. Our brains work together so
well, I don't know what I'd do without him, also,
my mom, Debi, and my dad, Andy, for all of their support.
Lastly, I will give a shoutout to my brother Eric
for picking his path and not wavering from it. He's
so committed to his music and it's really inspiring.
do you think of change (think of GeoClan.com's Uploading
: I think
that change is a necessity. I love that you guys are
out there making it known. I feel like that is what
I'm trying to do with my art in a way...putting issues
out there that will affect people.
up the great work and thanks so much for
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