I work with paint, sculpture, and assemblage to explore patterns found in natural growth, form, and collective systems. I’m fascinated by the mathematical rules that govern the emergence of physical structures and information-based systems. For example, the same branching patterns are found in the distribution of rivers, networks of neurons, a strike of lightning, and the growth of a tree. These patterns matter to me because of how they re-occur across multiple levels of scale, appearing in both microscopic and macroscopic imagery. My art practice is informed by my education in the fields of medicine and biotechnology. As I create work, I collect images on everything from histology slides to ancient rituals. Rather than researching a specific, predetermined idea, I gather collections of images and allow for a pattern to emerge from the chaos. I make work in collaboration with what’s around me, releasing control over outcomes and allowing the unconscious to lead the way. Throughout the process, I embody the mindset of an alien observer, stepping outside the human vantage point to occupy a timeless, scaleless, culture-less existence. I create things that are purposefully ambiguous, but simultaneously representational of the natural world. I’m particularly interested in the point at which objects and systems are labeled to be intelligent, conscious, or alive, and how these distinctions relate to the 21st century’s relationship to plants and technology. My work gives animistic qualities to a variety of forms exploring the crossroads at which intelligent systems may alternatively be defined as sentient creatures.
Jasmine Raskas (she/they) lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri. Their work has been shown across the region, including at Fenix Arts, The Foundry Art Centre, Art Saint Louis, The Jacoby Art Center, 31 Art Gallery, Osage Arts Center, Manchester Arts, the Koken Art Factory, The Stone Spiral Gallery, and St. Louis Lambert International Airport. She’s a resident artist at Silver Sycamore Gallery in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, and Artisans in The Loop in St. Louis, Missouri. Publications and features have appeared in Create! Magazine, Gesso Magazine, HEC-TV, The St. Louis Post Dispatch, KDHX radio, and Art Saint Louis. They have been awarded grants from The Luminary’s Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Regional Art Commission (RAC) in St. Louis, in addition to graduating from the RAC- Teaching Artist Institute in 2020.
Jasmine’s teaching experience includes work at the intersection of creativity and wellness. She is an internationally certified wellness coach and currently pursuing a master’s degree in counseling-clinical mental health at Webster University in St. Louis. They previously worked as the Lead Art Facilitator at the non-profit inclusion-oriented studio, Artists First, and currently remain on staff and involved with community and inclusion-oriented arts initiatives.
"Creatures II" Artist Q&A Series (web)
"I think the creative process is all about the balance between the energy of control and the art of letting go, the delicate process of catching an idea and molding it into a physical form. I leave space in my workflow to team up with randomness, but still come back to honor the core of the original idea. I’m always playing around with different methods of planning, or not planning, to encourage different outcomes."
December 2019 (print)
"The sciences and humanities each look at the world through their own lenses, but don’t offer a way to synthesize a broader view of how they relate to one another. I use art to explore relationships between multiple fields of study."
Arts Interviews with Nancy Kranzberg (radio)
"Artist Jasmine Leah Raskas stops in to discuss her artwork and how creating art has helped her through challenging circumstances."
Art & Soul (print)
"Raskas’ ultimate painting goal embraces evolution and communication philosophical, inquisitive and sometimes just jocular, using art “to acknowledge our limitations of reason and to rethink our current understanding of reality. "
The term Unus Mundus means “one world” in Latin. Psychologist Carl Jung expanded upon this term to refer to the collective unconscious, a theoretical primordial and unified reality from which everything is derived. This concept emphasizes the organic interconnectedness of all parts and particles and highlights the recurrent patterns in physical, archetypal, and spiritual realities.
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