Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Gardner.
Jennifer, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
My story begins during my second year of college. I was tired of working on projects for other people and decided that now would be a great time to start some of my own. At first, I was extremely nervous because there were so many questions that began to pop up in my mind: is my work worthy of exposure?; can I actually do this on my own?; how would I even start? After a long conversation full of tears, laughter and motivational speeches, my two best friends were able to convince me that if I didn’t begin investing in my dreams and taking a leap of faith, I will always be stuck in a place of doubt. That is where my art begins…
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?
I call myself a Renaissance Butterfly. I’m a shape-shifter of performance art while also writing a different picture of where freedom, love, and Hip-Hop intersects. I began my blog, Small Pink Dreams, in October of 2015 to focus on fashion, lifestyle, Hip-Hop, and dreams. From there, my writing capabilities formed in the opportunity of writing for Ruby Hornet magazine. In the future, I hope to launch my own movement studio and take my choreography profession seriously! I hope that my art reaches the depths of emotional understanding for anyone who dares to risk its exposure; that my work is relatable to that outside of traditional education systems; and that whoever reads it can feel my overwhelming respect for the life they love.
Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
No, I don’t feel that the role of artists has changed. It has always been our due-diligence to provide content and expressions of life in unique and unconventional ways. Our art is more than just entertainment, it is actually our individual lived experiences. Local, national, and international events and issues definitely have an impact on my art. Some days, I might turn on the TV and see a violent crime or scroll through Facebook and see that a close friend of mine has lost their life to a tragic violence–and I might not want to pick up my pen or open my laptop to do anything productive. To help myself get out of a funk–and I encourage other artists to do so too–is to play some music and tap your toes! It’ll uplift you and motivate you to work!!
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?
Well, people can see most of my work posted on SmallPinkDreams.blogspot.com, but my writing can be found on RubyHornet.com. People can also follow my Instagram and Twitter pages at @smallpinkdreams and hit my DMs with some dope art or put me on to the dope things the people around them are doing!
- Website: www.smallpinkdreams.blogspot.com
- Phone: 773-559-9688
- Email: smallpinkdreams@gmailcom
- Instagram: smallpinkdreams
- Twitter: smallpinkdreams
- Other: mydreamstitch.blogspot.com
[Pictured also: Madison McFerrin]