Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Photographer: Jessica Wethington

"The Pig Reads Oprah" Accepted into the La. Tech University School of Art 2008 Student Show
All photos by Jessica Wethington

What is your art background? (formal training, years practicing, etc.)
Currently working on a bachelors of fine arts in photography; became interested and started taking pictures about five years ago. I never took an art class in high school. I also dabble in steel and mixed media sculpture.

What would you say your style is?

I find that most if not all of my work has a photojournalistic feel to it, but that's my opinion. My style is my own, just like every artist has a unique style. I like thinking outside the box, but some of my favorite images come from the everyday, familiar scenery.

"Smile" taken near the Eiffel Tower, Paris

What inspires your art?
My art is inspired by life, both my personal life and the lives of those who surround me. I also draw inspiration from other artists. If I find a piece that particularly moves me, I usually write the artist's name down and go back later and research their work. Some of my favorite artists are Jackson Pollock, Alison Jackson, Richard Serra, Pablo Picasso and Robert Mapplethorpe.

If you could work with or be mentored by any artist, who would it be?
Hands down, Annie Leibovitz. I have admired her work for years; her Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair covers are classics.

What music do you listen to while you work?
-- Regina Spektor
-- The Shins
-- The Decemberists
-- Johnny Cash
-- The New Pornographers
-- Motion City Soundtrack
-- Bayside
-- The Morning Benders
-- Soundtracks-- Garden State, Elizabethtown and Juno.
I am always listening to music.

What do you plan to do after graduating?
Get my masters in photojournalism from University of Missouri, Columbia or University of Texas, Austin, then get a job with a magazine.

What is your dream job in the arts?
Getting paid to take pictures! I would love to work for National Geographic or Rolling Stone.


jonny kaps said...

hey, i rep the morning benders, who jessica says she likes in your interview. do you have an email or website for her?