We had the good fortune of connecting with Just Call Me Willis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Just Call Me, why did you pursue a creative career?
I pursued an artistic career because of how regimented my life was in the military. I feel like the military taught me discipline and initiative, but I never got to express myself or be the individual who I ultimately longed to be. and art lets me explore that in a way that I don’t think any other profession would
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.
I’m a fine artist who’s discipline is photography and text. I use the both of these in order to manipulate a French concept called the “Studium and the Punctum”. The Studium is the lens of subjectivity we as humans possess. it it formed by us just moving through existence. And because Humanity is a Heterotopia (a world inside a world) where each individuals reality is different from the next. Everyone has a different Studium.
Punctum is French for “wounding” it’s how a picture resonates and affects you as a person. And because each studium is different; each punctum is different. what I do is use text to Hijack the studium of the viewer of my work and make them see what I see by adding text to the images that makes them contemplate on what they are looking at.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
De Ja Vu 2, it’s an after hours spot that doesn’t close until 10am. I’d take them to the Varsity and then I’d take them to the High Museum, if it’s summer I’d take them to edgewood avenue and then to get some honey lemon pepper wings from american deli that we could eat while we sit on the back of my truck and just chill. I’d take them to the Clairmont lounge too, that place is awesome. they have cheap drinks and the atmosphere is amazing.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Elizabeth Turk, Michael J. O’brien, Camille Pressley, Polo da Cartel, Rich Graham, HurtLanta, Strip Club Mafia, Tony Mafia