Today we’d like to introduce you to Jaina Cipriano.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I started out as a kid in overalls stealing my parents Polaroid film to creating a studio in their basement and shooting with my own full frame digital camera.
When I was 17 and lost I used my camera as a compass, navigating the way I felt internally by shooting self-portraits and capturing the peculiar magic of being a confused teenager in the suburbs. By the time I turned 23 capturing real life started to lose its appeal so I created “Immersion”.
Immersion was a night of magic and mess, curated by me, for woman only. A sacred space devoted to art and acceptance. Immersion in our elements, in 3D art spaces that I built myself. An entire apartment of balloons, clouds of colored smoke bombs, colorful streamer forests, a pool in my tiny paved city backyard. It opened my eyes to an entirely new way of creating.
Now I am 25 and building elaborate sets and staging models in my dream world in a project I call “The Garden.”
Please tell us about your art.
“The Garden” is my own world. I build it up using things I collect– usually from the side of the road. I use light to tell the story and I always encourage my models to explore the space authentically.
My work concentrates heavily on dreams, trauma, sexuality and childhood. I am fascinated at the way the four of these things continue to intertwine as I grow through my own difficulties and discover more about myself. I believe these are themes we have all experienced and this helps my models immerse them self in what I am creating.
I create because creation is a constant, it keeps me grounded and curious. It also is the best teacher I have ever found. The more I create the more I learn about myself and the world around me, the more I fail the more I want to learn.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
I see so many artists getting so caught up in the fear of failing that they only create content that mirrors other popular content. Don’t be afraid of failure — it is the best way to learn. Learn to love your failures so deeply that they become transformative.
Always create what you want to see in the world, don’t get so caught up in social media that you begin creating for followers. Validate yourself and always keep exploring, even when you feel like no one cares.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can see my work on my website and on my Instagram (@jainasphotography). You can support my work by subscribing to my Patreon, buying prints, donating props or hiring me.
- Website: jainaciprianophotography.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/jainasphotography
- Other: patreon.com/jainacipriano
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