Jeremy Vernon is a visual artist living in NYC. Originally from Southern California, he moved to New York to pursue his creative work. Jeremy’s work usually centers on the human form as a portal to his own personal vision of beauty. His figures are sculpted through intuitive lines that weave in and out of the forms he creates. Birthed from these fluid marks are expressive and gestural beings. Jeremy’s work delves into intricacies of life as fragile, connected, and ever-changing.
Jeremy took the time to answer some questions with us about his work and himself as an artist.
What would you say your strongest source of inspiration is; what drives you to create the most?
I’m inspired by a lot of things, I would say the strongest source though is the need to not just exist in this life, but to be a source of light and inspiration for others.
Have/do any artists had a part in molding your work into what it is now? Is there someone who influences you?
Definitely. When I was younger there were so many artists that influenced me through artist magazines and websites. I would be amazed and try to do their style. Early on though I realized that there was no point in trying to be anyone but myself. I despised the concept of deliberate imitation and had decided that I wouldn’t be influenced by any artist and focus instead on molding and finding myself. After all, art is about discovery, about creating your path. There are artists I respect and admire, whose work leaves me speechless, and that reminds me of the boundlessness of the craft and imagination. Some artists who’ve inspired me since I was younger as well as more recent ones include James Jean, Toyin Odutola, Fiona Staples, Paul Davey, Tomer Hanuka, Shawna Mills, Plslala, and much more.
Why do you create?
To be free and alive. Its a way to escape and lose myself while finding myself.
What direction do you see your work heading towards? Do you have any goals for yourself/have you already met one?
I live by these sayings: “I’m an idealist, I don’t know where I’m going but I’m on my way.”, and “your gift will make a way for you”. While it might be nice to be able to say I have everything figured out, a layout of where i’ll be, or even a list of things I’ve accomplished, to be honest the most important goal I’ve achieved through art is finding happiness, peace, and understanding. Life is uncontrollable, unpredictable, and the acceptance of that, of allowing life to flow is something I look to convey through my art. My goal for this year of 2016 was simply to not allow life to overwhelm me as it did the year before, and to not let anything get in my way of my happiness and growth. Of creating my world, both on the canvas as well as my personal life. I would be grateful to do some group shows or a solo show this year and explore the art of tattooing and ceramics to name a couple things.