“As a recent graduate and emerging artist, it’s really important for me to expose myself to as many projects as possible, especially those that are outside of my comfort zone, ” says local artist, Jasmine Crisp. This SALA Festival season, the local Adelaide visual artist pushes spatial and personal boundaries with some of her most ambitious projects yet.
The last six months have been a whirlwind for Jasmine, who has been selected as a 2018 Artist in Residence at Carclew, been a finalist in the Emma Hack Art Prize for the second time, won first prize at the RSASA Youthscape Art Prize and is currently a finalist for the Advertiser Contemporary Art Award.
Despite the year’s impressive accolades, Jasmine promises the best is still yet to come. “My most exciting career opportunity is currently in the works but will be announced soon,” she assures.
Known for her impressive portraits, Jasmine describes her work, “as a traditionally informed painting practice that also experiments with surface or display methods comparable to the field of ‘expanded painting’”.
“My subject matter combines portraits of people I know, their environments, history and belongings to create complex narrative portraits, or tableaus, that never conform to realist perspective [or] rules of space,” she elaborates.
Enraptured by people and their stories, Jasmine’s work is largely inspired by “their homes… the things they keep, and how these bonds can provide new understandings that go beyond any singular personal experience.
“At the moment, I’m especially interested in investigating how people respond very differently, and often very personally, to what may be considered similar events of social, economic and environmental change,” she says.
Involved in three exhibitions this year, 2018 is Jasmine’s biggest SALA yet. “For the previous five years I was at art school, so this year is my most involved yet,” she says. “I felt especially encouraged to be involved in the past as I’ve always considered SALA as a welcoming platform for students and emerging artists”.
Arguably her most ambitious SALA project, everyday, sees Jasmine tackle an unfamiliar medium to the scale of a six-metre-wide mural at ARTPOD. Meanwhile, the artist disrupts Adelaide’s everyday commute with City Scenes, an exhibition of familiar strangers on the city’s footpaths.
Pairing up with fellow tableaux painter and Carclew resident artist, Brianna Speight, her exhibition, Form and Feeling, toys with understandings of self-identity through the lense of material surroundings.
Entrenched in the industry herself, Jasmine urges those unfamiliar with SALA to get out and enjoy all the festival has to offer. “I know a large percentage of people who don’t feel ‘allowed’ to go to an art show because they consider themselves outside of ‘the scene’,” she explains.
“Just as a crowd appears for a risky $5 comedy show during Fringe, I’d encourage everybody to try out a place they’ve never been to and get engaged with something they wouldn’t usually experience”.
Photos by Wade Whitington.