Kriteek’d: An interview with Jermaine Clark

THE TITLE “KRITEEK’D” COMES FROM HOW I IDENTIFY MY WORK AND GENERAL ASPECT ON LIFE. WE ARE ALWAYS BEING WATCHED/JUDGED, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO ARE PURSING THINGS THAT WOULD BE CONSIDERED “DIFFERENT” BY SOCIETY OR IN MY CASE, ENTERING THE COMPETITIVE WORLD OF ART. I FEEL LIKE THE CRITICISM THAT WE GET SHOULD BE EMBRACED AND TAKEN AS A TOOL TO KEEP CHASING OUR DREAMS. IN MY OPINION, IF YOUR NOT BEING TALKED ABOUT, YOUR DOING SOMETHING WRONG.

This is a quote from artist ,Jermaine Clark, on the meaning behind “Kriteek’d”. The title behind his business, which, is his artwork. Jermaine recently graduated from Alabama A&M with a degree in art.

Once getting to Jermaine, I knew I wanted to post about his artwork. So I interviewed Jermaine about his art, inspiration, and fashion… Take a look at the interview below.

1. When did you start painting?

I had been drawing and being creative my whole life, but my first complete painting was done my junior year in high school in a design class I took as an elective. My teacher was so impressed she entered it into a local contest, I placed 3rd amongst 100 entries and haven’t stopped since.

2. What do you wish to accomplish with your art?

What I wish to accomplish with my art is that I make pieces that live longer than I do. Timeless pieces that will be seen and have some effect on my kid’s kids. Also every artist dream is to make a living off their work, mine is to inspire someone else to make a living doing what they love.

3. Who are your biggest inspirations?

My biggest inspiration is my mom. She’s been through a lot and I cant wait for the day when I call her and tell her I’ve made my dream a reality.

4. Do you feel art & fashion are related?

Art and Fashion are synonymous in every aspect. From the creative process to different styles and artist. Both encompass its own significant impact on social society that can date back as far as anyone can remember. The only other subject as important is music. In which still, all coincide. Art, music, fashion.

5. How would you describe your personal style?

I would consider my style, laid back casual. I like comfortable articles that I can just throw on, on a lazy day, but I also like to layer up with sweaters, scarves, and jackets when the occassion calls for it. There also was a point in time where I owned over 200 pairs of sneakers, but the older I get, I’m just fine with a few pair of boots and converse all stars in a couple colors.

Here are a few of Jermaine’s pieces:

To view more artwork from Jermaine, you can visit: kriteek.blogspot.com

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