Danielle Krysa, whom you might know as the Jealous Curator, has a BFA in Visual Arts, with a focus on painting, printmaking, and art history, as well as a post grad design degree. I spoke with Danielle about her new series, Blush, and about how she balances writing about others, design work, and her own artwork. In Blush, the girls call back to a time before we traded in the dusty Playboys for their sleeker online counterparts. When budding sexuality was accessed perhaps by digging through old attics or drugstore racks in search of sexy photos, rather than tapping “sex” into a google search bar.
Curbs & Stoops: How do you balance writing about others and doing your own work? I sometimes find that I wish I was focusing on one or the other, yet also that this enriches my personal work immensely. How do you create time for each?
Danielle: I wish I could get a few more hours in the day — that would definitely help! I spend a lot more time on The Jealous Curator than I do on my own work, but in the last year I’ve been trying really hard to carve out time for myself (usually late at night). Finding amazing work to post everyday has definitely inspired me to spend more time in the studio, and honestly I feel better (more complete) when I’m making stuff. I’ve been like that since I was a little kid.
Curbs: Tell me about your new series. Do you always involve such personal content? How did you decide to do this series?
Danielle: Ha! Yes, but not usually this much personal content! I do like using personal references though, because then the work means more to me. This series, titled “Blush”, was actually just meant for myself until Kate at Buy Some Damn Art got her hands on it. I’ve had this idea about the collision of innocence and sexuality rolling around in my head for about five years or so, but I wasn’t sure how to represent it visually until a few months ago. I tried a few different ways, and it was never quite right until I decided to share my own story. Let’s just say I was in my early teens when a cute boy who loved KISS came knocking. At the time it was “like totally awesome”, but looking back as an adult I think it’s kinda crazy that while I was still totally into collecting sparkly rainbow stickers, I was also making out as “Love Gun” blared in the background!
Curbs: What do you think about innocence and sexual curiosity? Any thoughts on how that ties into music now, or pop culture?
Danielle: Oh, I could get in a lot of trouble answering this one, but… I think it’s human nature to be curious when you’re young. Yes, current pop culture has all sorts of influences, but I had Madonna rolling around on the floor singing about “being touched for the very first time” and I turned out okay. Everyone is going to have their own experiences. Let’s just hope that most of them are positive.
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