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Unstable beauty - The Artwork of Paulette Jo

InterviewsErika Belavy

Santa came and went and so did the feast you spent hours cooking. To help you recover from the festivities, we have the pleasure of bringing you the beautiful artwork of Mexico-based artist Paulette Jo. Her dreamy, yet somewhat macabre work invites us to gaze into the subconscious. We'd love to tell you more about her, but that's actually all we know. She's pretty much anonymous and plans to keep it that way, making our interview with her even more interesting! Read on...

How did you decide to become an artist?

Back in my high school days, I attended private manga/comic lessons with Oscar Alvarado. His being, made a big impact on me. I was astonished by the way he drew, the way he spoke. But mostly about how enthusiastic he was about drawing, about how we must draw and create images by doing our best with every new piece - never holding back. I really admire him.

What inspires you?

Mainly by the unstable nature of our inner selves combined with these beauties that suit my aesthetics. I also love to observe the reactions of people towards situations that do not fit into "normal/suitable standards".

What is your creative process?

I usually put together frames of images on my head - this varies depending on the song I'm listening to or my mood - and when I think I have a "concrete" idea, I sketch it on a piece of paper. If it's appealing - to my own rules - I will transfer it to a proper canvas; If not, I'll keep on exploring this concept or moving into a new one.

What impact do you seek to accomplish with your work? How do you do so?

I want people - when they are looking at my work - to be sincere with themselves. I want them to feel intimate with it, and see that there is another side: that everything is not bright and white. And above all, for them to question themselves about their true selves and their surroundings.

I'm not sure if I'm doing it the right way right now... for me, I think I have to study more to achieve the way I want it to be.

If you had a superpower what would it be?

Time traveling! I would love to go back in time and observe the people from eras that interest me. Simply observing paintings that documented time isn't enough for me.  I'm a curious person.

View Paulette Jo's work here.



“I am a being, a place, a mental state, a larval shelter exhaling, I rocked; I’m beating, emerging, weaving my own space, transforming me.

I wait … I wait that suggestive, confusing, provocative moment, to exploit and invade this vegetal blowing.”