Written by Samantha L. Cooper, M.E.d., M.S.Ed.
SAMM COOPER: Who is the real Crystal Jaudon and how does this impact your artistic expression?
CRYSTAL JAUDON: I’m a product of my eclectic and accepting environment. My parents taught us to be ourselves and to be authentic. To be honest and avoid mimicry or hypocrisy. That’s how I approach my art…without pretense. I enjoy creating as much as I appreciate what’s been created.”
SAMM COOPER: Where have you showcased and featured your bodies of work?
CRYSTAL JAUDON: My work has been shown locally as part of “The Fall” at Gallery X and in “Art Mama Moves! An Art Movement” at Two&. I actually co-produced that show with Zoe Love (Two&) and Monique Everhart (Gallery X). In Atlanta, I’ve shown at MJQ Concourse and most recently, Vertical Xscape.
SAMM COOPER: What’s your latest Art collection?
CRYSTAL JAUDON: My most recent collection “Art Mama Moves” is a collection woman inspired pieces incorporating canvas, a 3D installation and paper structures.
SAMM COOPER : What should art lovers leave with after completion of viewing your collection of work?
CRYSTAL JAUDON: They should leave with a feeling for the underground, non-exploitive, internationally inspired, woman centeredness art we’ve collected to share with the local community.
SAMM COOPER: Who is your intended audience?
CRYSTAL JAUDON: This show is for everyone…especially those on the cutting edge.
SAMM COOPER: Why did you decide to share this work with the world now?
CRYSTAL JAUDON: Art Mama Moves came to me as an amorphous idea a few years ago. I had just spent more money submitting work to an art event , without any guarantee that I’d actually be chosen to show. I began to wonder if there was a way to exhibit my work without spending hundreds of dollars on submission fees. I decided to do a pop up art show at my friend’s tattoo parlor in Georgia while vacationing with my family. It was fun, liberating and I sold art. How Awesome! I decided that with a little elbow grease and a positive outlook, Art Mama Moves could be a cool platform for not just me but a lot of underground, politically driven artists.
CRYSTAL JAUDON: My decision to make the movement woman centered came organically. I’ve met so many cool, women artists in South Florida who would love two show case their work but can’t necessarily spend hundreds of dollars just to submit their work. Through a networking effort of cross country proportions, the first Art Mama Moves show premiered on December 2, 2017. Thank you: Gay Pasley, Frances Salberry, Natalia Jaramillo, Billie!, Amy Grieder-McCall, Vanessa Norman, Stephanie McMillan, Virginia Erdie and Monique Everhart for being the very first Art Mamas! I am very grateful to Zoe Love who has been a tremendous supporter and hostess.
CRYSTAL JAUDON: Because of her, we were able to have our show in Las Olas at her bar, Two&, which is an amazing venue. I also send an immeasurable amount of gratitude to Monique Everhart, whose show “The Fall” was an inspiration to me, introduced me to a wealth of unsung, local women artists located in Ft. Lauderdale and has been the relentless and passionate voice of the art underground.
SAMM COOPER: Tell me about Art Mamma Moves Event?
CRYSTAL JAUDON: Our show: Art Mama Moves: Moves and Two& Las Olas are pleased to present a group exhibition of new work by Crystal Jaudon, Monique Everhart, Vanessa Norman, Amanda Reth, Gay Pasley, Frances Salbarrey, Ali Poswal, Marcus Walters and more to be announced. Art Mama Moves will run from April 21, 2018 – May 5, 2018 with an opening on April 21, 2018 from 8pm-3 a.m. .
CRYSTAL JAUDON: The exhibition will also music by Drawing Bored and a Live Painting Meet and Greet with Art Mama Artists. Art Mama Moves is an underground art movement originally based in South Florida. It is the goal of this movement to give woman centered artists a space to exhibit work.
CRYSTAL JAUDON: Art Mama Moves is above all else a safe space for artists to express themselves and celebrate the strength and resilience of women who have inspired society: politically, musically, visually or simply from a heart of pure love. Join us as we celebrate women who have rocked us and society to the core. “Art Mama Moves” will run through May 5th, 2018.
CRYSTAL JAUDON: The artists will be present at the opening night event on Saturday, April 21st from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 a.m., April 22nd. Two& business hours are Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 2:00 Am., and on Friday –Saturday from 11a.m. – 3a.m. For additional information please contact Crystal Jaudon, 754-422-9648 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
SAMM COOPER: Thank you so much for being a guest on Living Loving Lauderdale. Our Interview is complete but how can people continue to follow you on social media?
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Written by Samantha L. Cooper, M.E.d., M.S.Ed.