Studio Visit: Jeffrey Jay Jarin

Jeffrey Jay Jarin is an artist living and working in the Philippines. His work can be seen in PLEAT's June 2017 exhibition. 

Please describe your work.
My works just simply represent moments that happen in my everyday life that can be also relevant to some other person's. Visually, I like using plants as one of my main subjects because of their irony; we label them as space-fillers only but as we progress we develop the understanding that plants represent an importance that is beneficial & essential in our lives. I also have these elements that I call “integral organisms” which are representatives of curiosity & understanding that resonates people in a way like how we try to adapt & discover our surroundings on a deeper level. 

As for my media, I always find myself fondly attached with acrylic paint over any kind of paints because I find it more effective in making graphic and vector like works, also fits my lifestyle. 

What internal and external factors motivate your conceptual choices?
With our busy modern lives, we tend to pass up the time to actually taking in and relating with our surroundings. We often ignore the small details that sum up our existence, we give up chances to get to know ourselves a little more because we consume our days concentrating too much on what’s ahead—that’s why the underestimated things we tend to ignore fascinate me artistically because, in a way I kind of give them a chance to be told, credited & understood by people who don’t dedicate much of their time, appreciating the now.

Who are your artistic influences and what have you learned from them?
When I was still finishing my degree, I have this professor who is also an artist named Eugene Jarque, that encouraged us to find ourselves and our point of view within our artworks. He is one of my greatest mentors because he shaped me into the artist I am today. I am deeply fond of his subject matter and the way he chooses the materials he uses for his works. I am also passionate about my fellow artist friends and the Philippine art scene itself because nowadays the voice of the artists here are more heard, we have stronger point of views, and very intricate processes that can intrigue you in so many ways.

How was social media affected your studio practice?
Frankly, it has been consuming my time a little more. In some ways, I feel overwhelmed by the accessibility of social media because I always stumble upon other artists and other content that eventually give me doubts and confusion on however I plan to do my next step as an artist. On the other hand, though, it is nice to discover that most of the people in the world of social media have become more aware and mature of their spaces and surroundings. It’s also a good thing that local artists like me have this platform full of possibilities that gives me the chance to actually get my messages out there through my works. However, I’m a little afraid that going to actual art exhibitions may lessen and the chance to actually see artworks up close and meeting the artist and connecting with them may be passed up because of complacency.