Augusta is no stranger to interesting artists, and we are fortunate to see a lot of new and inspiring pieces born in this area. For our 13th issue, it was kismet that I ran into Jessie Hardy and her decadent instillation of macabre set up in Artist’s Local along with Savanna L.S. Both artists combining their efforts and providing an exquisite show of guts and beauty, but this is no exhibit that exists for shock value, it’s one that displays the beauty of the creative mind, and the innovation that new artists can bring to the Augusta area.
After viewing the show, we were able to get a few questions out to Jessie, we hope you enjoy discovering this new artist.
Who or what inspired you to be the artist you are now?
I begin to take art seriously when I was around 10 years old and I saw the work of Frida Kalo. Her portraits were so heart felt with love and sadness. Suddenly I didn't just want to draw flowers and dragon. It enabled me to convey the various feelings and thoughts that I had problems communicating in the verbal or physical sense.
For your current installation, where did you want to take the viewer?
Currently the only thing I would consider to be a hurdle is that it takes money to make big things happen. Anything else besides that is just a matter of perspective. Positive association seems to yield the best results.
What are you most excited about in the Augusta scene right now?
I love that there is a close social network of goal oriented people that are all working to create art.
What music do you tune into while creating your art?
Fugazi, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Smashing Pumpkins and stuff like that while I was painting... and Gwar, Cannibal Corpse, Macabre, and stuff like that while I was hanging…
What’s your next step? Where do you want/hope to go with your work?
I plan to stay busy, and work with other local artists on whatever projects we can imagine. I love exploring the possibilities and limits of visual communication. My main focus at this time is merging aspects of bio-medical imagery, aesthetics, and outsider art.