We had the good fortune of connecting with Jaia Robinson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jaia, why did you pursue a creative career?
I pursued my creative career because I wanted to promote Arts Education and Social Justice.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As an everyday artist I am fundamentally interested in creating art that encourages the viewers to think positively. To imagine and dream and not be afraid to think outside of the box. I’m dedicated to raising awareness about how art enhances the well-being of life as a whole. I aim to challenge the status quo, inspire and offer hope through my artistic practice. My creative process investigate the balance between technology and fine art, while incorporating chance and control simultaneously. My work of art that expands upon the traditional self-portrait style. My intention is to capture the beauty of life in a chaotic world exposing daily life of Black women. I created my new body of work to highlight the power of self and determination. Using photography and mixed media as my focus. I am particularly interested in creating imagery that displays healthy, beautiful, and positive images of Black Women and decided to use myself and others as the subject.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am amazed each time I visit the Atlanta Beltline. The neighborhood and community have an electrifying energy. The murals and art sculptures are captivating and almost nostalgic. I marvel over all the black owned pop-up businesses. One place that I enjoy quite often is called Just Add Honey. It’s a tea company and I go for a hot cup of tea and take pleasure in the scenery. It’s a delight to soak up the fresh air and watch people walk dogs and exercise. A restaurant I love is Two Urban Licks for its great food, lovely staff, and the ambiance is serene. I also love the live energy found on Edgewood Avenue. Overall, I enjoy walks around the city and downtown for inspiration.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to shoutout with my big sister Yonnie. Ever since a little girl, you have been instrumental in my life. I want to thank you for the love, care, and guidance that you blessed me with. Any issues I’ve had you made sure to help me get through the struggles. You set a path of good leadership for me and I admire you for it. You are a positive role model in my life. When I was in school, you made sure I had supplies, and still to this day as an adult, you are supportive and a motivation. Thank you Yonnie for your consistency. I am forever grateful.

Instagram: artistjblu

Other: jaia.robinson@gmail.com

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