Artist Interview: Jennifer L. Schmidt

Who are you and how long have you been an artist?
I am Jennifer L. Schmidt. While I have been an artist & writer my whole life, I decided to try and go pro just over a year ago with my business, Spinebreaker Art.

What medium(s) do you work in & why?
I work in paper collage from periodical clippings, mainly fashion magazines. Working in this medium grew out of my love of reading and collecting magazines as a kid. I still have several magazine subscriptions so my material is relatively inexpensive and readily available.

What is your creative process like?
As for my creative process, I like to take powerful emotions usually inspired by literature or music or a personal dream, or even a current event, and try to capture the essence of those feelings – often conflicted as they are – by layering different colored magazine clippings into organic shapes.

What is the best art-related advice you’ve received?
The best artist-advice I’ve received is that the human eye sees what it wants to see. For example, even if a line is not perfectly straight, the eye sees it as straight anyway. This notion helped free me from having many expectations about my art and what it is “supposed to” look like.

What is the biggest challenge you face as an artist?
The biggest challenge I face as an artist is still having a non art-related, full time day job.

Choose one piece that you currently have on display at Artomatic and tell the story of that piece:

"Spider Eye / Sign of the Tarantula" by Jennifer Schmidt

“Spider Eye / Sign of the Tarantula” by Jennifer Schmidt

A line in Tom Wolfe’s Back to Blood, a novel centered on the Miami art scene, inspired Spider Eye/Sign of the Tarantula. To capture the awe and joy I felt while reading it, I started in the center with a very spider like piece of jewelry and just went outward from there, incorporating very South Beach, flashy colors, with white and golden lines or legs trying to control and delineate the space. This piece is one of my favorites; I knew I was onto something when my mother called it “creepy.”

What is your favorite part of the Artomatic experience so far?
This is my first Artomatic and my first display actually, so I have to say that hearing peoples’ reactions to my work is definitely my favorite part so far.

What is your website (or other method of contact):
jls@spinebreaker.com or www.spinebreaker.com

You can see more of Jennifer’s work on display at Artomatic 2015 on the fourth floor, space 7-009.