We had the good fortune of connecting with Jonah Trople and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jonah, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I started Clementine Art Department as a way to help move my work out of the fine arts studio and into a commercial realm. I sit on all these beautiful ideas that, for the most part, sit in my studio – they make it into my paintings and sculptures for sure, but I really wanted to move my work into a more accessible domain. My work wants to be seen and utilized. Clementine was my way of helping move these airy design ideas back onto the Earth plane. The thought process behind starting a more commercial focused studio I could open myself to more projects – more opportunities to put my work, talents, and voice into the world.
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.
I’m a multidisciplinary artist and designer. My work is decidedly layered; it’s really bold, playful, and deceptively simple. I’m here to weave together the ideas of magic and memory with the themes of the human condition, cosmic history, and place. My job is to fulfill the role of the artist as the Shaman and illuminate a universal memory from the collective unconscious. My visual vocabulary tells a story that invokes a sense of wonder and mystery from our ancient past. Stepping into this role has not been an easy path and has required multitudes of self-healing and shadow work. I’m doing this super creative and sacred work in a society that would prefer if I worked a 9-5 helping someone else realize their dreams. There is a ton of deprogramming from societal norms and expectations that’s required for a creative to thrive in this world, and that work is critical for us wayshowers.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This is maybe an unconventional answer, but always to look to the alleyways and the nature that surrounds the city. You’re going to find the most from the places most over looked. Go into the alley and notice the graffiti, notice the details. Go into to nature and again notice the details, find the leaf that speaks to you. You’re going to get the most magic from the places least traveled!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Oh! Absolutely. My wife, Saige from The Rosewater Temple has been there every step of the way. The first key to following your own path is overcoming any limiting beliefs you have about it – the thoughts that keep you stuck, the shadow talk: “I’m not worthy” or “It will never work”. Saige has such an intuitive approach to helping reflect on what’s holding you up and mastering your own power. She has helped me not only launch Clementine Art Department into the thriving entity it is, but also helped master my own worlds that feed into it.