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

Hi Jeralyn, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think of risk mostly in terms of braving to challenge tradition instead of uphold it. Which as an artist is absolutely necessary as a practice. Entertainment allows us to be passive, technique and craft uphold tradition, but if these are going to be combined in some nuanced way they aren’t going to function as art without risk.

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.
Though my work has shape shifted many times, ultimately it’s all about resilience. Whether it’s wearable art showing the anatomy of healing trauma, or installation recreating an internal landscape or abstract art made with medicinal herbs and soil, they are all meant to invite the viewer to pause and consider their own relationship to themselves, to the subtle language of the materials and to maybe richen their capacity and curiosity.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The places that have live local music, risky art, dancing and beautiful food are always on the agenda! The Walker, Los Andes, Granada theater, MCAD, the Saloon, Trylon, these are all places where you can’t predict what you’ll find!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’ve been lucky to have several mentors and friendships that have an exceptional capacity for compassion mixed with an impressive inability to be shocked, which provided endless places my mind could explore! It’s been a lot of work to recognize and nurture those, but I’m grateful to know what it’s like to feel safe being this curious!

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Website: JeralynVictoriaArt.com

Instagram: @jeralynvictoria

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