Posted October 28, 2013 by Cooper Point Journal in Arts & Entertainment

Artist Profile: Jasmine Doughty

by Issac Scott

Issac Scott: What are your school plans for the future?

Jasmine Doughty: I think I’m doing an animation contract next year with Craig Bartlett. My friend that lives in LA knows him, and we want to go down there and do a contract winter quarter to make some weird experimental animation shit. It would be amazing.
I’m also doing a contract on experimental storytelling.

IS: What is experimental storytelling?

JD: I was trying to find out how to put together all the classes I’ve done. I’ve taken ecology classes, cultural studies, and mythologies classes, but I’ve also taken classes that focus more on art.
I didn’t want to go to art school because I didn’t want to just learn how to produce something and not learn anything I want to produce art about.
So, for experimental storytelling I’m going to take the ecology and mythology parts of what I’ve studied, and those are going to be the subject matter. Then the art classes I’ve taken will give me the modes of conveying that.
I’ve always worked a lot with text and image, and I want to find ways to combine them. I’ve been working on weird comics. I’d never made comics before, and I started working on experimental comics that don’t really have a plot. That’s how I’m going to fit animation before that’s a medium I can mess with.

IS: Are you going to submit any experimental comics to the CPJ?

JD: I’d love to. I’m also going to have them at the art fair. But this is the one I’ve been working on.

IS: Oh shit.

JD: I don’t really know what’s happening. I was waiting for my friend at Burial Grounds and I thought, I might as well draw some weird shit. It’s a really new medium for me, and I don’t have that much of a background in comics. I think the layout is really interesting.

IS: How does this bird drawing for the cover relate to experimental storytelling?

JD: Part of my experimental storytelling is botanical and scientific illustration. When I get out of Evergreen I want to take this scientific illustration certification class at the University of Washington. So over the summer I got a huge book of giant photographs of birds of paradise, and this cover is actually a bird of paradise. What I want to do with scientific illustration is take that style and the animals that I find, take their basic forms and shapes, use those and warp them. I’ve been working a lot on that, like with the bird. That isn’t what it looks like, but that’s what I saw in it when I looked at it.

IS: What are your favorite plants around Evergreen?

JD: Right now I’m really into the mushrooms around Evergreen. This is the best fall ever for mushrooms because there was so much rain earlier in the year, so the mushroom diversity is insane. You can’t go three feet without finding some crazy mushroom in the woods. There are so many kinds I’ve never seen before outside of photographs. And Washington has native orchids, they grow by the farm trail.

IS: What kind of mushrooms should we be looking out for?

JD: Coral fungus. It’s on the path to the beach. It looks like these big puffed up veins of antlers or something. It’s beautiful.