Today we’d like to introduce you to Jai Kalondra. She and her team share her story with us below.
Please kick things off for us with some background on the story.
Jai Kalondra is a multidisciplinary artist born and raised on the Southside of Chicago. She began taking art classes at the age of six and started taking her craft seriously once she began high school at fourteen. Throughout her high school career, she took advanced art classes such as Gallery 37, and Advanced Placement Studio Art which led her to participate in numerous art exhibitions and contests where she. received various rewards.
Jai Kalondra graduated with every intent to go to art school. It didn’t go quite as planned however she did graduate with her Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering Technology and Technology Management. Throughout her college career, she still made time for art, creating murals made with recycled material, live art, body painting, and of course, customizing graduation caps.
Once done with school there was a choice to make, either be an Engineer or be an Artist. After a year, she made the decision to go after her passion and pursue her art career.
Jai Kalondra aims to add color to the community, and one day has a studio space where other creatives are welcome. Follow her on this journey.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
As a person of color, living in America is already hard enough. As a woman, we’re typically seen as weak and inferior. So, to be a black woman in America, it’s a set up for us to be in fourth place all our lives. My art comes from me seeing a woman of color being negatively portrayed in the media, and their successfulness being undercut by stereotypical comments. For a lot of people, the media is there only exposure to people of color. I wanted to combat this by portraying “melinated” women in a more positive light. I want them to know that yes you are black or brown, but you are beautiful first. And you are more than what people tell you.
The sterotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
“Put some water on that damn shit!” excuse my language, but most times when a creative has an idea and they feel they don’t have all the resources needed to complete it, they give up and toss it to the side. Like Craig in the movie “Friday” when he didn’t have enough milk, he almost threw out all the cereal. I feel like you have to work with what you have. Put some water on it! It may not be the exact idea you envisioned, but to go anywhere you have to start from somewhere. I guarantee you’ll feel much better than you went through with it than not. Also, CREATE CREATE CREATE. Never stop creating if that’s you’re calling.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
You can find me on all social platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) by Jai Kalondra. If you want to see my art on a more consistent basis, I suggest following me on Instagram. The greatest support is always to purchase, but if you follow me and share my art that means a lot! I am also currently creating a website, so stay tuned.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @jaikalondra and @artxjai
- Facebook: Jai Kalondra
- Twitter: @jaikalondra
I give photo credit to @obey_ace for capturing me live body painting. And Reine Noire for being my model.