All Public Art Featured Artist: Jenna Morello

By: Dianne Fabio

From blank canvasses to broad walls of big cities like New York and Los Angeles, Jenna Morello has all the bragging rights to tell everyone of her accomplishments as a visual artist whether in the studio or in the streets. Her works exude a lot of female energy that can easily make anyone turn their heads twice and be glued staring at them. 
We are blessed enough to pick her brain, as she shared information about her inspirations and influences behind every great art that she creates on this exclusive All Public Art interview with her. Today, you will be able to learn a lot from this Brooklyn-based artist.
An Interview with Jenna Morello
 
APA: What is the root/birth/foundation of your creativity… how did you get started?
Jenna: I think most creatives are probably born with some sort of innate need to express themselves, so I wasn't much different.  Ive always been into art and making things or working with my hands. I began to draw before I knew how to write my name properly, and was lucky enough to be raised in a home where that was supported and encouraged to be explored. I also grew up around a lot of artists and hippies, so I'm sure that rubbed off on me as well.
 
APA: What legacy do you want to leave?
Jenna: I hope that by the time I'm gone, my physical body of work is a good overall representation of who I am. I don’t think it's possible to ever be able to 100% accurately express all the corners of my mind or how I interpret things, but id be happy with a solid 65-70%. And that would only be doable after decades of work.
 
APA: What do you want people to obtain when they look at your work?
Jenna: If I'm painting off an emotion, then I probably want that emotion to translate through my work. If I'm painting just to make it look cool, I guess I hope they feel the same. Truthfully most of what I do is really a back and forth conversation with myself or me sorting out something internally. The final product or reaction, for better or worse, isn't something I really think about (unless of course its a commission). Although any admiration for my work is always genuinely appreciated.
 
APA: What do you think your purpose is?
Jenna: I think my purpose is to create, in whatever capacity that may be. There’s that line in A Bronx Tale that “the saddest thing in life is wasted talent”. And to me talent is a god given thing, in the sense that some people are born with a pre-destined skill set they cant really explain. Of course you can build on it and hone it, but you should also recognize there’s powers bigger than yourself at work. With that being said, I don’t think I was put here to be a dentist.
 
APA: What is your workflow? What is your creative process from start to finish?
Jenna: Ideas bounce around in my head constantly that are randomly gathered into my subconscious from just about everywhere. So if its work for myself, I can pull from that bank of ideas and make what I want.  I'm always rotating between various pieces in different mediums just to keep my hands and mind busy.
Projects are a little different, because if its something I'm supposed to think about, I cant think about it at all. Like if I have a commission, I wont even mentally touch it or it feels forced and I hit a wall. So I will go do basically anything else and I just have to wait for an idea to hit me. 
It always does, when I'm randomly driving or walking my dogs. And 9 times outta 10 ideas hit me fully formed from start to finish, process, what I need to do, etc.  It comes from some weird part of my brain where its just suddenly given to me as a full package.
But there's always that stressful time in between of “what if I don’t think of anything”.  Ive just had to learn to trust myself, but its definitely not always the most comfortable process.
 
APA: What is your opinion of art in the 21st century?
Jenna: Technology has allowed the reach and possibilities in art to become endless, so some of the stuff you see is absolutely mind blowing. Social media alone connects minds and allows ideas to be built off networking and evolve in ways they couldn’t before. With that being said, it also allows people to sell blank canvases for thousands and paint solid squares all day, so I guess it depends on what you’re looking at.
 
APA: In the next decade what do you wish to accomplish with your creative gifts?
Jenna: I want to see what I'm capable of.
 
APA: What do you do to keep going when you are not motivated or inspired to create?
Jenna: Ill switch lanes all together and do something completely different.  If I get bored of painting, ill switch to wood work or clay. I mean id take up knitting if it kept me from feeling monotonous. Sometimes you just have to step outside yourself and let your mind wander til it finds its way back.
 
APA: What most often inspires your work?
Jenna: Internal emotion and the need to feel productive.  If I'm able to convey a point while creating a physical piece, it kills two birds with one stone for me.
 
APA: What is the most challenging part about being an artist?
Jenna: Personally it’s the feeling of I will always be in a race with myself that will never have a finish line.  You always want to push yourself and make the next piece better than your last. And when that’s done, the satisfaction lasts for a minute and you attempt to start over and do it all again. It’s a very driven way to live, but it can also be exhausting sometimes.
 
APA: What is the best part about creating art?
Jenna: It’s a great way of processing and releasing things. Even if the end result sucks, you still were able to sort something out, capture that moment in time, and leave it there.
 
APA: What do you wish you knew about the art business before you got started?
Jenna: So much of it is fake hype and egos that it can be discouraging for people who really want to make good art. But I think if you know yourself and remember why you’re here, you can avoid getting caught up in all that. A lot of people think because they are an “artist” they can do any crazy thing and it'll be revered as different and accepted.
And what’s even worse is there's people who will gas them up to think its ok. I don’t care who you are, making a painting out a jelly is a bad idea.  No crazy outfit or amount of people telling you its genius is going to change the fact that it will bring ants.
 
 
APA: What do you believe is essential in creating a powerful work of art?
Jenna: I tend to think that messages expressed in really simple ways are the most powerful.
 
APA: If you could hang out with one artist, living or dead, who would that be?
Jenna: Tupac Shakur
 
APA: Who do you wish you could meet for the first time again?
Jenna: My dogs
 
APA: What’s one thing that you don’t know that you want to learn?
Jenna: Glass and Metal work.
 
APA: If you could switch lives with an artist in history for one day, who would it be?
Jenna: Da Vinci
 
Follow Jenna on her social media and visit her website at www.jennamorello.com
      Facebook: facebook.com/jennamorello
      Instagram: @jennamorello
 
Published by: All Public Art