FEATURED ARTIST: Interview with Milwaukee Artist, Jenna Rose Marti

Jenna Rose Marti

Graphic Artist/Photographer | 22 | Milwaukee, Wisconsin

@jennamarti | www.jennarosemarti.com
We are honored to have, Jenna Rose Marti, as our Featured Artist, She is an artist of many mediums, and has an amazing eye when it comes to photography and manipulation. Check all her out all her work on Instagram, and while your there make sure to hit that follow button to support a fellow artist!

How long have you been an artist? What is your specialty? Where do u find inspiration?
I’ve been an artist basically my whole life, but it wasn’t until my junior year of high school that I decided to pursue a degree in the art field. My work is mostly photography based but I try not to limit myself to one specific medium. I also do a lot of installations, some video work, and just recently got into animation. Much of my inspiration comes from nature and fantasy. I’m also heavily inspired by music.

Do you have a job in the art industry? If So, what’s one thing you don’t like about it? If no, where would your dream job be?
I don’t have a job in the art field *yet* I’m currently a student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where I’m studying Digital Studio Practice with an emphasis in photography. Honestly I would love to get in the music scene and work collaboratively with musicians like designing album artwork or visuals or work somehow in the art industry. But eventually I could see myself as a college art professor. My professors are some of the most influential people in my life and I would love to be the same for young artists some day.

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Do you have a favorite Artist?
I have SO MANY! Its impossible to limit it to just one so I’ll do my top 3: Brooke Shaden (@brookeshaden) She’s basically the reason I’m in the field that I’m in; Kyle J Thompson (@kylethompsonphoto) he helped me rethink the way the camera is used as a tool; and Jenny Holzer, just honestly everything about her work takes my breath away.

What is one accomplishment you’ve had in your life? Does not need to be art related.
A month ago I got to go to South Africa with my professor Dr. Nathaniel Stern (@nathanielstern) and assist him with his project The World After Us. He has been such an incredible mentor and he has helped me grow as an artist and person and has given me so many incredible opportunities. Im eternally grateful for everything that he has done as a mentor and a professor.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years?
Hopefully working within the creative industry or traveling the world with my art.

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If you could meet and talk to any person in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?
Hands-down, Justin Vernon (@blobtower). His music has influenced me and my art in ways that I can’t even begin to describe. The way he experiments and pushes the limits of music and sound and how he makes music purely to just make music is just so inspirational to me. I also feel connected to him as a fellow Wisconsin creative, and how we find the beauty and charm in a place that often gets overlooked.

How is one way you make money with your art?
I haven’t made much money yet, but I sure have spent a lot of money! Currently swimming in that student debt right now but it’s all worth it. Occasionally I do sell prints and I recently just started designing album artwork.

If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
Ahhhh! I just want to go everywhere! But if I had to pick I think the next place that I would want to travel is Iceland. Ive heard that its an incredibly beautiful country and its always been a place I’ve dreamed of exploring.

What is your favorite brand of art supply? Whether it’s a brand of pencils or brand of camera or software
Kodak Portra 400 speed color film, and for software I would have to say Adobe Photoshop. (Obviously)

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Any advice for young artists?
Never limit yourself, just try everything and never stop learning. Play and experiment with art as much as possible! You’re gonna make bad art but sometimes you gotta make bad art before you make good art. 🙂

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