About the artist:
Jespa Jacob Smith is a DIY-visual artist and poet. Their work focusses on transitional and surreal situations as well as language and the way we try to use it to bridge the space between each other as well as ourselves and our thoughts. Their art and poetry is informed but not limited to experiences of gender and trans oppression, marginalisation and privileges, and depression.
They have been featured in Mothmilk Zine, All in Your Head Zine and other DIY publications. They have shown their video art and performed poetry on a few occasions in the UK, Canada and Germany. They live in Canada and Germany.
About the artwork:
The works I have chosen all represent a different approach of dealing with my trans-ness as well as dealing with mental health issues and depression. All my life I have been very interested in language and the power and possibilities it opens up as well as the harm it can inflict upon people.
My main work focus thus is poetry and writing but I also always have worked on drawings, and more recently on paintings and video art.
Language and narratives are two powerful instruments and it is empowering to all marginalised individuals to reappropriate them. Many of my pieces include writing or words as I try to reflect my own struggle with language. So many ideas are hard to communicate and escape the mere meaning of language as they are rather embodied expierences. To communicate I try to use a combination of the visual and the word. The image of absence and fragmentation is part of my more recent occupation with the body as a scape of normative projections of race, gender, ability and even class.
The words in my work thus are visual means as much as everything else. The aim is to move away from the (necessary) functionality of language to a language of opportunity and imagery to disrupt the normative order of describing the world.
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You can find more work of Jespa’s work here. At the moment they live in Canada. Jespa is interested in collaborations of all sorts, but mainly video art.