Updated: Apr 27, 2020
We are so excited to announce that Philly Art Jawn is going to be featuring a different artist on our Instagram each month!
Philly Art Jawn is pleased to introduce you to our very first artist of the month, Blur!
Check out the interview below to learn more about our featured artist of the month:
Q: How did you first get into street art?
A: I started putting my work up in 2015 after a big health event left me struggling to speak. I’ve admired public art in all of its forms for a long time. Mainly inspired by visiting Philadelphia as a child and later influenced by my brother’s passion for Philadelphia and urban planning. I’d walk around the city and of course marvel at the huge murals, but also smile at the small sticker on a street sign I'd passed by. That kind of attainable interaction with current creativity was vital in shaping me as a human, and an artist. I started with hand drawn stickers and labels, and then began wheat pasting two years in. Sticker art will always be at my core. I love how they can surprise people. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Q: Who are your biggest art influences?
A: Barbara Kruger, Frida Kahlo, Jenny Holzer are my main influences. But my work is also influenced by books (mainly poetry), movies, music, pain and my fellow creative friends.⠀⠀
Q: How can people help support you and purchase your work?
A: Follow, share, and shop! I have an online shop on my website, and an instagram and newsletter you can sign up for. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Q: Lastly, are you working on anything new at the moment?
A: I’ve been working on a series of visual aids that represent some of the symptoms I deal with on a daily basis from my chronic illnesses. One of the pieces in the series is a detached hand that needs to be recharged, created to represent fatigue. I believe representing chronic illness, and its ongoing complexities, is vital because we make up 40% of our country’s population. Our country runs on health care, yet we don’t have enough of it to go around and the projected numbers of chronic illness is expected to grow. My hope is the conversation starts because we’re all feeling it.⠀⠀⠀⠀
Thank you for sharing with us, Blur!