Ancestry Quarterly's third issue continues to explore people's artistic double life, or as they describe,"Those stuck between day-job and day-dream." We couldn't have asked for a better selection of topics: hand made zigzag patches, nude photography in California's weed fields, and iceberg drawings. Check out our interview with Jordan Vouga, Ancestry Magazine's Art Director and Co-Founder, along with some exclusive outtakes from this issue.
In your opinion, is it possible for an artist to fully focus on their art with only part-time availbility?
Jordan: Absolutely. There's so much time in a week. It's in this limbo stage of an artist's career where they can truly gauge their potential. Working a dead end job forty hours a week and coming home to cram the rest of your night with creative passion. It's a beautiful thing, and for a lot of artists, the contrasting shift from day-job to day-dream is the fuel that keeps them going.
Tell us about the "Hand Grown" story: where did the idea come from?
We have a lot of friends in San Diego, and some of them happen grow great weed. Dre develops all of her own film and we really want to keep the photography features focused on that.
On the topic of the Zig-Zag story; how did you find those patches? and who do the jackets belong to? We want a patch. Where can we buy them?
Our Creative Director Ciara Petruna came across Jane’s work randomly on instagram. That and friend of a friend is really how most of our content develops. We started Ancestry a few years back merely wanting to document what our friends were creating. Since then it’s started to snowball and strangers are reaching out telling us what their friends are doing. Jane lives in Texas and did the shoot herself. And yes, you can certainly purchase her patches. She has an Etsy shop (ZigZagPatchCo) and you’ll soon be able to grab them on our site as well. We’re developing our online shop so people can purchase the work from Artists featured in Ancestry.
The Zaria Forman piece is fascinating. Can you provide a few words about the mystery behind those icebergs? Are these drawings about nostalgia or environmental concern?
Zaria’s work is stunning. The first thing that needs to be said about them is that they are all done completely with her hands. She works from the photographs and memories of her journeys. Using pigments for the base, she smudges everything with her palms and fingers. Then she moves to pastel shards to render the finer details.
The images you see in this edition do stem from environmental concern, however, nostalgia also plays a role. The trips she took with her family had a profound effect on her as a young artist. Her mother was a fine art photographer and documented the beauty of the remote areas they explored. A few years back her mother planned a large expedition to the northwest coast of Greenland to document the bitter beauty of climate change. Unfortunately, her mother did not live to see it through. Zaria picked it up in honor of her. It’s such a crazy story that has yielded some truly amazing pieces. I’m certainly keeping my eyes open for her next round of paintings.