Current Issue #481

Jasmine Crisp: every picture tells a story

Jasmine Crisp, Venus is a tourist (self portrait in Reykjavik)
Jasmine Crisp, Venus is a tourist (self portrait in Reykjavik)

Artist Jasmine Crisp draws on personal relationships and the stories of people close to her to inspire her paintings.

Since Jasmine Crisp graduated with Honours in 2017 from the Adelaide Central School of Art (ACSA) her career has been on the rise. Crisp has undertaken a number of overseas and local residencies, the latest of which is the praxis ARTSPACE Studio Residency – a free 16 square metre studio space for 12 months awarded to a recent graduate of ACSA – which she began in September 2019. The future looks bright for this “narrative” painter.

“It’s easy to categorise my work as figurative painting, but I think of it more as narrative painting,” explains Crisp. “I am interested in telling the stories of people I have lived around or experienced life with, so all my works feature people I know personally.”

Since graduating, Crisp has been creating paintings focusing on the theme of the human condition and our relationship to objects. She often depicts people in their own home or somewhere significant to the relationship between Crisp and her subject. The compositions usually include objects that tell stories about the subject’s life or their relationship to Crisp.

Crisp’s first solo exhibition, HOME X HABITAT was held last month at the Floating Goose Studios and featured a number of works inspired by her recent travels across Iceland, Finland, England, Scotland and the Faroe Islands. This included three artist residencies (at SIM residency – Reykjavík, Iceland, and Kolin Ryynänen in Koli, Finland).

The works featured in this exhibition are of people encountered throughout her travels and their stories of belonging, making home, identifying with place, family history and the impact of travel (both on self and place). While travelling, Crisp encountered small communities that have grown and developed into larger communities and she became fascinated with how this affects those who live there in terms of their sense of place.

“These works are very much an investigation into our relationship to place,” says Crisp. “I wanted to ask those people ‘Does this still feel like home?’ Their environment has changed dramatically, so has their relationship to it also changed?”

In Crisp’s search for identity and belonging it was necessary to undertake residencies overseas and travel to help her realise that Adelaide is where she belongs. She says: “I have always wanted to run away from Adelaide but I now realise it’s fantastic. I realise I do live here, I am from here, and I belong here and you often work that out when you’re abroad.”

10th Prospect Portrait Prize
December 5 to January 25

The Graduates (group show),
Adelaide Airport
19 December – 17 March

Jane Llewellyn

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