Today we present you an excellent artist Jennifer Davis. She was kind enough to answer a few questions for our blog:
Have you always wanted to become an artist? can you tell us about your first experience with art?
I took on mandatory art class in high school. I enjoyed it but I never dreamed art was something I could “do” and it didn't really spark any interest anyway. In college I took a drawing class to fill a creative credit requirement and feel deeply in love with art school. I changed my major to art and took every kind of art class offered- painting, ceramics, sculpture, photography, all sorts of print making, etc. I loved all of it. I found my calling over halfway through my six years at the University of Minnesota.
My show at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts- a beautiful museum in Minneapolis- in 2010 was definitely a highlight. I am most excited about a couple of upcoming projects though- a show at the Devos Museum in Michigan in Sept and a solo show at Public Functionary in Minneapolis later this year.
What types of books are on your bedside table?
I am an insomniac and I read a lot during the middle of the night- mostly contemporary fiction. Just finished “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich, Now reading “The Burgess Boys” by Elizabeth Strout, next up, “The Dinner” by Herman Koch.
I am an “early bird” and love early mornings. I usually try to leave a painting well underway but unfinished on my desk at the end of each day so that I am excited to get back to work n the morning.
Who is your illustration hero at the moment?
I am always swooning over the paintings of Jennifer Sanchez: http://jennifersanchez.info/2013-panelcanvas/ . I have a lot of “favorites”- it is hard to chose. I keep two running lists - http://pinterest.com/jennniferdavis/art/ and http://pinterest.com/jennniferdavis/fellow-minnesota-artists/
Cat or dog?
Cat. I love both but I am a definitely a crazy cat lady for life. This is my 18 year old cat, Nudge.
What would be your dream project?
I have recently received grant funding (from the McKnight Foundation/Metropolitan Regional Arts Council) for aproject that I dreamed up earlier this year. I am am taking a road trip to research the dozens of vintage carousels along the US East Coast and then I am going to make paintings about the animals.
Last night (Friday) I was in my studio painting. Most Fridays I prefer to go out and see some art and/or go to a bar and drink beer with friends.
If you could do any other job what would you choose and why?
I have a lot of day-dream jobs. My friends call me Detective Davis because I like to investigate. I also think it would be fun to be a Mail Carrier. (It probably isn’t fun but I love walking and I love the Post Office.) Something on film sets would be fun for me too…
Pepsi or Coke?
I prefer Minnesota Public Radio or National Public Radio.
If you were a character from cartoons, which one would you be?
I am not a big cartoon person but how about this guy- “Toughy”: http://www.milkyelephant.com/karl/toughy/episode1/
Favorite blogs/sites etc.?
I have a lot of favorites but this one has recently sucked me in for extended viewing: http://www.nellarmadio.com/
I do not have very good work/life balance. I work at home which means I never really “shut it off.” I think about “work” almost all the time. I think that is why I read during insomnia and watch a lot of films- to help shut off my brain. I’m pretty obsessive. Work=life for the most part…
What brings you joy?
Films (most horror, documentary and weird/arty stuff), cats, friends/family, art, painting, bike riding, spring/summer, travel, food/drinks, adventure, adrenaline…