We had the good fortune of connecting with Jasmine Dillavou and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jasmine, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Art found me at a young age so pursing a creative path for my career was not so much a choice as it was a necessity. Everything that drives me, fullfills me and makes me who I am is my creative practice. When I’m not making art, I am going crazy. Art, whether curating, creating, teaching, art activism, what ever, is the only way I make sense of the world around me. I told myself, “This is not going to be easy at all, but I have to,” and it’s been worthy for my soul’s happiness to put everything I have into choosing this path everyday.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As an artist, I wear many hats ( too many hats some days). I am a fulltime installation and performance artist, the Creative Director for Ephemera, studio assistant for Senga Nengudi, part-time video editor for the Fine Arts Center and have sat on just about every art board in Colorado Springs.Everything I want out of life is just to create something and help others find space to create as well. My practice stems from story telling, exploring my experiences in my body and expressing them through these spaces, places and movements that welcome a viewer to sit side-by-side with the narrative. I feel honored to have been able to talk about what its like to be a young Latina, navigating the complexities of feminity and latinidad. When I make my work, I often feel it gives permission for other womxn like me to tell their stories too. I’m trying to do the work of holding the door open, to lay it all out there no matter how messy or scary it might be. That’s what makes me proud, the risk taking. The step into possible-failure or pushback or patriarchal supremacy to rear it’s head into these spaces and doing it anyway. It’s cutting off all your hair half naked in a room full of people, building Santeria altars, creating protest art, holding signs, making space, it’s all of it. The loud stuff and the quiet stuff too. I get the absolute privilege of being a creative, I fully intend on using that gift for something worth a damn.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live in the best city ever. I think Colorado Springs is in a constant state of flux, flow and growth and there is always something beautiful cooking up! If I wanted someone to really see this place for what its worth, they would have to see a bit of everything. Food stop is absolutely Ephemera. I am biased in that my fantastic partner is one of the Chef/Owners but I stand with it easily being the best food experience in town. Gorgeous, curated multi-course tasting menus, rotating art, badass wine selection-amazing, You can find some of the tastiest cocktails and funnest people ever at three places in town- Axe & the Oak, Archives and Chiba Bar. Unique atmosphere, locally independently owned, and drinks like you’ve never had before. I’ve had weird life changing experiences in all of these bars. And of course, art-lots of it. Kreuser Gallery is home, a must see stop that always has something fresh. FIne Arts Center, GOCA, Lincoln Rose Gallery, G44, Manitou Art Center, Ormao, Modbo the list goes on and on and every single stop is gaurenteed to leave you with a special, cultural experience. On a good summer 1st Friday, you’ll find public sculpture, street art, movement art, performance art, all the delicious, underground goodness you’d need-you just gotta know where to look! Of course, being right in the middle of the mountains does’nt suck either. I’d say its a must to hit Red Rocks or Red Mountain, get your boots muddy. Snowshoeing the Crags and then sipping whiskey in the parking lot as the sun goes down is a checklist item for everyone-fact. We are a cultural, growing, hub of the verge of becoming something fantastic. Theres no shortage of fun. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I dedicate much of my success to the friends and supporters of Non Book Club Book Club (NBCBC). The artists that show up for eachother keep us alive, keep us thriving. Our community is nothing without eachother and NBCBC continues to hold space for this place to soar.
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