- Author: Jazmine Boutte
We know New Orleans has bred some of the most talented people in the world. Among those people is The Artist : Jade Meyers, a dope 20 something creative who hails from the 5th ward. She had a passion for art as early as 7 years old and expresses her art through singing and writing music, dancing, styling, and photography. She is the epitome of an artist. We got to chat with her about her artistry and her take on the art scene in New Orleans.
What does art mean to you?
Art means everything to me. It is an infinite expression of freedom through creativity. I can create what I want to when I want to without consent. Imagine the feeling of inventing works that no one else in the world has. It’s so deep to me.
Did you always want to be an artist or is that something you stumbled upon?
Yes, I always wanted to be an artist since a kid. It’s something I can’t explain. It’s divine. I thank God for giving me the vision and skill to create and allowing me to have parents that supported my gift.
What has been your most rewarding experience as an artist to date?
My most rewarding experience as an artist was being chosen to create a mural design for ESSENCE and Chevrolet. I was an Instructor at the time, planning to leave my job to fully pursue my art career. It was a big deal for me. I was featured in the magazine, had a docu-style video on their site, all expenses paid and I was commissioned as well. Thousands of people gathered around at the ESSENCE Street Style Block Party in New York to experience music, fashion/beauty and art. My artwork was being appreciated on a huge BLACK platform. It was a moment I can relive everyday. I’m a woman who was told I wouldn’t make much money or big moves as an artist. Dumbo was the location. 🙂
What does your art aim to say?
My art is a reflection of my reality. It aims to spread the message of truth, hope, pride, fearlessness and individuality.
“Having to make something out of a little forces you to be creative. I can’t be creative without my faith”.
Describe your most favorite piece of art that you’ve created.
This is hard. I honestly don’t have a favorite piece, but one of my most prized pieces of art is my mixed media sculpture “Pride”. I wouldn’t sell it for any amount of money. I plan to pass it down to my niece or children -AND THEY BETTA NOT SELL IT! Haha!
What is your take on the local art scene here in New Orleans?
The local art scene is poppin’. It’s evolving. Work is being done.I admire the younger generations use of Galleries.There is room for all of us to create and that’s something I won’t be silent about. I don’t always feel welcomed when I walk into certain galleries or museums. So, I do believe it’s my job to continue to cultivate the scene and create opportunities for the future through my company.
What advice can you give a young creative trying to break into the business?
The advice I can give to a young creative is to stay true to YOUR vision. Be innovative and different. Do not follow the crowd. Be smart and tactful. Collaborate with like minded people (not just those in your field). Keep business, business. Be open to relocating. Save your profit and invest back into your business. GIVE BACK! Most of all, put God first in all that you do because that is the only thing that will “keep you” through the peaks and valleys of your journey.
You are certainly a walking piece of art. What/who inspires your style?
Thank You! Sports, Art, and Aaliyah. I danced and played sports as a kid so I have a very athletic/comfortable style.I really like jerseys, that’s always in for me. Art is apart of my style naturally, it plays a part of how I piece things together. Sizing matters also. I’m in oversized clothes and it works but when i’m in a dress it has to be very form fitting and chic with a good heel. Aaliyah is the # 1 style influence for me. Her style was effortless and timeless. She knew how to appeal without compromise.
We can definitely see the 90’s vibe. How does the 90’s influence you?
I was born in 1991, so the 90s has a large influence on my style. That era was so raw, authentic and unfiltered. That’s me! I also sing and write so musically the 90s music style is infused in the way I do that. Growing up in 90s was a privilege. No social media. You had to go outside and play, feel the heat, interact with people, play hand games, walk to the corner store, stay out of trouble and be fly because that’s just what it was for me!
How did growing up in New Orleans affect the woman you are today?
Growing up in New Orleans taught me how to move and how not to move as a woman. I experienced a lot of good and bad times in this city but, those times propelled me to who I am today.
If you could have a conversation with 18 year old Jade, what would you tell her?
If I could have a conversation with 18 year old Jade, I would tell her not to dim her light for anyone!!!!!
We have to know. What is Jade doing when shes not creating dope pieces of Art?
When I’m not creating art I’m out and about. Taking photos, listening to music, writing, reading, and learning new things/creating new opportunities. Spending time with family, loved ones, and my guy.
Who/what drives your your passion for art?
God and growing up in the hood. Having to make something out of a little forces you to be creative. I can’t be creative without my faith.
You can learn more about THE ARTIST JADE at www.Jade1991.com .
Follow her on Instagram @theartistjade