Joejene C. Santos

Born 1970, Philippines

Lives in: Ottawa, Canada

Describe your art in 3 words: I Am Alive

See More Work: | Instagram@joejenecsantos

Vivere - Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 60 x 48 in.

"Art is a discovery of who we are within and the greatest that we will be."

What themes does your work involve?
Self-discovery is the heart and soul of my creative practice. To me, knowing the beauty of who we are within is a liberating truth. This truth is the expression of life that I am alive, entitled to live life being true to oneself and enjoy it to the fullest passionately and courageously. Being in constant awe and wonder of the world around us, being one with all its creation, soaking in the beauty of the present moment, and being grateful with the gift of life, are what fuel my creativity.
Describe your creative process.
My creative process is very intuitive, consciously engaging and enjoying the moment of creation. I do a series of works that inspired me for which it provides the main structure for the pictorial composition but when I work, I love the idea that I do not worry about what it is about, where it is going, or how it is going to be put together. I just want to be in my present and feel alive. And yet, when I am in that moment, I know that within me, there is already an image, I just have to bring it out by feeling it.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
Modern abstract masters and great contemporary artists do have some influences on me as an artist. Knowing that their personal experiences play a great deal in the development of their art, helps validate how I see my own art -- to be honest and true. Being consciously alive that I am here to live and enjoy life's beauty and wonder is what mostly inspires what I do. Knowing oneself is knowing the beauty and joy that the reason for what you do is worth sharing so others may be inspired in their own lives.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
For me, good art pleases your senses but great art moves you into another level of joy that makes you feel more alive.
What is the role of the artist today?
To be in the present, to be authentic, honest, and true.
Now I Know - Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 45 x 40 in.
It's You - Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 57 x 45 in.
An Angel Of The Slums - Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 60 x 48 in.
Freshen Up - Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 60 x 48 in.


This interview was published by Circle Foundation of the Arts. © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist