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sketchbook project from forever ago: search artist name Lucy Jah “Untitled”

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"KEEP CALM AND TAKE THE DICK" love Lucy Jah

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5 posts! <3 

5 posts! <3 

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SVA MFA 2nd YEAR FINAL OPEN STUDIOS!!!!!

<3 <3 <3, LUCY JAH

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"LUCY JAH" BY JOSHUA WILLIAMS <3

so much love for this man.

Lucy Jah By Joshua Williams

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by Graciela Cassel

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INTERVIEW WITH THE ARTISTS: GRACIELA CASSEL & LUCY JAH

GRACIELA

What have you seen art work that you liked in galleries or museums?

LUCY: 

The last show i saw was at the Lyons Weir Gallery in Chelsea.  I dont even remember the name of the artist but i loved his work. His paintings were about rap lyrics and hip hop culture.  I loved that.  he even recorded an EP with a track for each painting. as for other artworks, i like photography and im getting more and more into film.  mostly i like to watch and see how its made.  how other people film or rather different ways to film. camera angles, scripts, music, effects, text, etc. But going to galleries…I don’t want to.  I don’t care enough i suppose to get up and go.  If teleporting existed then yeah, i would go. call me lazy call me whatever you want.  I know how to make my work which is more important to me then dragging my ass to the MET. 

 GRACIELA

You surprise me! For me in New York the energy comes from the art. I really love to go the museums but I also understand that we need time to be alone, just to chill and to create. What do you care about?

LUCY: 

What do I care about?!? My family.  And maintaining a certain level of happiness. 

GRACIELA

I completely agree that having a family that loves you and being happy is important, but what about that extra “thing” that brought you to the  arts and specially to decide to apply to SVA’s MFA program?  Do you feel there has been change in the way you think art?

LUCY: 

What extra thing brought  me to the arts?  my mother always said after my accident when i was a baby, i was learning to stand and i would stand at the coffee table and color.  i dont remember any of that at all…and dont all toddlers stand at the coffe table and color? Like we discussed in hakan’s class this semester, there has to be a way to humans to express pain.  im not saying im always in paint…but i have more sad days then happy.  this could l do answer your question about what has changed in my work.  definet all the emotion.  my work is primarily autobiographical and i cant tell you how many critiques ive listened to about my work while im told, “Oh its so sad!.” Well good.  i want people to know how much i hate being be sometimes.  making it known is a good thing right? As for why i applied to SVA’s MFA program…I think after graduating SVA with my BFA and trying to arivive, i was going to get no where working bullshit jobs.  and since im not one to communicate and be social, its hard for me to get into the art scene.  i felt i needed an MFA degree to get a good job.  what job? i have no idea.  i guess we’ll se!  my last resort has always been teaching.  now it seems like the only possible way..i guess..fuck.  i dont know.  im worried! whatever… it’ll all work out im sure.  to quote one of my favorite rap artists Gang Starr, “I been through a whole lotta shit before, so i outta be able to withstand some more.”

GRACIELA

What is your plan after getting your MFA?  Do you want to part of the art world or not?

LUCY: 

After school…I’ll be a starving artists haha.  im already used to it though.   i have to get a job, have to quit smoking cigarettes, have to pay rent, have to make my parents proud, have to feed the cat, have to smoke weed. 

GRACIELA

What does weed do to you?

LUCY: 

in the begining it was only recreational.  weed is addictive and so is my personality im told.  call it a match made it heaven? no seriously, i started smoking on the regular and then freshman year of college i didnt smoke for one week while on vacation with my family.  i was young, but went through some sort of psychotic episode.  doctors said the chemical levels in my brain were totally unbalanced, i was completely disconncted from the world, and adviced me to take a semester off from college to let my brain heal.  i went back to school anyways.  i spent a year not smoking weed but instead on antipsychotics and anti anxiety medications.  i started drinking daily and one day made the decision for myself that i am happier with weed then without it.  im happier more grounded lucy when i smoke weed.  since then i havent gone a single day without ganja in my daily routine and i dont careif its fround upon.  i have to do what i have to do.  were all here on earth to survive right? right now, weed is necessary to my survival.

GRACIELA

Why are you more open on camera with your art then socially?

LUCY: 

I like to look at myself rather than see other people look at me.  Would you call that self-conscious or vain?

GRACIELA

No, I would say that you don’t like to be surprised by what others may ask you or tell you. 

GRACIELA

What would you like to change?

LUCY: 

BETER CAMERA EQUIPMENT, time management skills, more patience. 

GRACIELA

I agree; I would like also a better  camera and more patience.

LUCY: 

Why are your videos like dreams?

GRACIELA

I always afraid of falling asleep, and look my work is about dreams. I don’t know why but I feel that I can change more my awake dreams than my reality and I do it through my art. For example when I shoot Citylife2, it had two moments. One antecedent to filming that started on my way home. I felt fascinated by the subway and how it moved and how the lights reflected on the windows. Once I started shooting, my camera became the extension of my eyes and I fell into a state of mind that was as if I was dreaming awake. My perception of what was around me became more intense: the sounds, the lights, the colors and even the perception of the wind against my skin. When I started shooting, it became an obsession and I continued doing it several days. I stayed at 11 PM at the corner trying to catch the moon, the lights of plane that was far away and that slowly disappeared. 

LUCY: SAME! i hate “bedtime.” i have the worst most visual dreams.  i used to be excited to go there..but now its a horror every night.  i take medication now to knock me out.its called Seroquel and its a miracle.  My mother asked my doctor if a controlled substance sleep aid was necessary and why couldnt I just take melatonin? My doctor responded that Melatonin to me would be like drinking warm milk. Not strong enough. Then y friend told me they give it to people in prison to calm them down and people who have brain tumors who have no idea whats going on! I was like WHOA! all i have to say is thank Jah for pharmaceuticals.

GRACIELA

Can you tell me about your experience of being in a creative state?

LUCY: 

its confusing but i think i have a handle on it for now.  its different to be a daily drug user and serious artist because i never want to have to depend on getting high to make artwork.  its true, a lot of my work is made when im high but like i said, i dont want to depend on getting high when it comes to art. for about a year or two strait i was abusing pain killers daily and was only mkaing work high.  honestly ive never produced more work in my life!! it was th realest most fun work ive ever made as well.. i went to rehab and moved to a new neighborhood where the pills i loved where impossible to find.  the non stop need to create stopped and i couldnt focus on anything.  this is when i realized i cant always depend on an altered state of mind. ive learned my problem is gettings started.  i have ideas galore but im too depressed or too something to do anything about these ideas. ugh. very frustrating. i said this after doing a bump of MDMA or extacy, or its street name “Molly.”  what it all boils down to is i shouldnt be taking pain killers and when i get creative i just need to make it happen! stop thinking and just do it! Nike! 

LUCY: 

Do you think that there is a connection between nature and cities?

GRACIELA

Yes, it is because I need both but what is contradictory is that the pure essence of each cannot be shared in the same space.  I spent all my childhood surrounded by nature, with plants, trees, insects, cats, dog and space to run but I always felt isolated from the city. We had to drive in to go to the city. Though it was far, I loved it but I also hated it. 

LUCY: 

So, is this why you wanted to come to new york city?

Did you feel it was necessary to live in a city? and did you choose new york city for the art scene or because it is the “Big Apple”? Do you plan on staying in NYC forever?

Graciela

New York is an exhilarating city and it grabbed me from the first time I visited it. Yes, you are right, I wanted to be in the middle of a big city, with lots of energy and art life. I had the intuition that New York was my place and I loved the art life here.  I did not anticipate all the difficulties that came up with this move, but I needed to let go many things and I wanted to start a new life with my husband. things did not work out the way I wanted but I really wanted to stay here and take on the challenge. I truly think that was the best choice.   

LUCY: 

I grew up in a city, washington DC. I’ve always lived in the city.  i like being invisible.  and cities, especially like new york, give me the option to be as “out there” as i want and its no big deal haha. i also love the grunge.  I’ve been to florida countless times, puerto rico three, and jamaica one time.  i LOVE the caribbean.  so much that I’ve thought about applying to jobs at hotel resorts in the caribbean just so that i can live there. id clean toilets just to live with palm trees. i always wonder though if i lived there, would i appreciate it as much? I love new york city.  I’ve only been here for seven years, but i don’t think ill ever leave.

GRACIELA

Lucy, I remember being in your studio in the first semester and you were making small paintings and when watching you current videos, I see that you are more of performer. What is music for you? You perform while singing along the song. Did you ever think about writing your songs and singing? 

LUCY: 

music is life.  music reminds me that everything in the world can be beautiful.  i have a very hard time expressing myself verbally. i LOVE to sing.  i sing in the shower,  i sing on the train, in the street…i wake up with songs already stuck in my head and then i have to play the song or ill feel agitated.  I’ve thought about singing my own songs but I’m not a writer.  if i were to sit down and try to write a song, it would never happen.  i can relate to the lyrics that artists have already written, more then i can relate to my own train of thought. does that make sense??  

GRACIELA

There is something natural about while being in front of the camera. I really feel I am one with the camera and transforms me. I am not the same, my vision gets wider, I can see better the details and a different world becomes apparent.  What does the camera give you?

LUCY:

i think in my head i know i look good haha ive never been filmed for my artwork.  I’m always the one behind the camera.  i think maybe because of my issues with self image…i like being in full control of what will be looked at.  seeing myself look good gives me a huge sense of confidence. 

GRACIELA

Lucy I read your comments in facebook a Saturday. They are hilarious and with a sexual content. You are a provocateur. What kind of response are you waiting for?

LUCY: 

I’d love if everyone responded like Notorious B.I.G.  For those who don’t know of him, heres a lyrics that may better explain what kind of responses i like: “Niggas say i died dead in the streets. Nigga I’m getting high getting head on the beach. chillen, sittin on about half a million. with all my niggaz, all my guns, all my women.” I love when people talk to me using rap lyrics from songs i know.  for example, one time i was walking down the street wearing sweat pants, my hair was tied up, and i was wearing no make up as usual.  I’m walking down the street one day and this guy starts rapping to me, “Sweat pants, hair tied, chillen wit no make up on, thats when your the prettiest i hope that you don’t take it wrong.”  i knew exactly what lyrics he was talking about. it was Drake’s lyrics and it made my day.  ill never forget that day.

<3, Lucy Jah & Graciela Cassel

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short film by artist Graciela Cassel staring Lucy Jah music by Drake

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Lucy Jah Art Work

small paintings, collages, hip hop and drug culture, and lots of pictures of myself.

enjoy!

<3, lucy