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N-town Q/A

August 9, 2013

Q&A: Jessi Wilson mixes photography, printmaking

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It’s a combination of a lot of things, but mostly nature and the car culture because that’s what drives us. Literally, that’s what drives us around. Just the idea of devolving and revolving scenarios.

Q: What are your goals for the future?

A: Finishing grad school. That’s what’s going to happen this next year. And then looking for a job, I’d like to teach ad continuing my art.

Q: What kind of teaching?

A: More of a collegiate level. Teaching printmaking, I want to teach a combination of things so probably at a beginner level but definitely printmaking and combining photography with printmaking.

Q: Why is art important?

A: Oh my gosh, it’s so important. Art education is the base of a lot of how kids learn nowadays. And without art we wouldn’t have what we have — every object you have has been designed by an artist.

It’s necessary. And Norman is one of the best arts education centers for children I’ve ever seen. It’s vital. It’s how I learned math, to be perfectly honest. It interlaces with science. Without art we wouldn’t have anything. It’s very vital we keep it in our system.

Q: Do you have any advice to aspiring artists?

A: Experiment with everything you can get your hands on when it comes to art. Just experiment as much as you can. Look at programs you want to go into when it comes to the people you want to learn from.

And know your history and where everything comes from. At this point it’s all been done so it’s just how you put your twist, your touch or your niche on it.

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