We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Khosravian and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jessica, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I was fortunate enough to have parents that had an appreciation for the arts as well as being creative in their own rights. My parents never discouraged me from being artistic but like many other immigrant parents, they worried that the arts would not be a secure career. They had struggled in their own creative careers and wanted a better life for me. Wanting to ease my parents worry, yet not wanting to totally abandon learning all I could about art, I decided to go down the path of becoming an art therapist. Going through the classes I realized that the only thing making my college experience enjoyable was studying and creating art. In fact, the only thing helping me get through the rest of my studies were my art classes. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Art was always there for me, from my childhood until now it has always given me peace and happiness and I just couldn’t imagine not investing myself 100% into the arts. I decided to drop my psychology studies and fully plunge into becoming an artist. It was the best decision I ever made.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
One thing I love about creating is experimenting and playing around with different techniques, which is why most of the work I make is created using printmaking techniques and textures. The beauty of printmaking is that the outcome of a piece can often times surprise you. It always makes me excited to play around and see what will come out of it but it took me quite some time to get to the point of enjoying this process. Getting to a place where I can freely make my work without my own harsh expectations getting in the way was a learning curve. I had to stop myself from expecting everything to look “perfect”. I used to have a lot of anxiety around creating work, I was anxious about how my work would be critiqued or if the work I was making was even good enough. Studying art and surrounding myself with other creative people helped me let go of some of those anxieties. I have to admit I still get those imposter syndrome thoughts in my head now and again but I don’t want anything holding me back from what I love doing, not even myself.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are so many amazing places to go to in LA it’s hard to even pick just a few. I’d probably take my friend out to one of the many great museums in LA like the Getty museums, The Broad or the Los Angeles County Museum. The arts district in downtown is a great place to bar hop and see some great pubic art. It’s also where the best German sausages can be found at Wurstkuche. Since I’m a bit of a foodie I’d take my friend to Smorgasbord on a Sunday to try out as much food as we can handle and get great micheladas along the way. I don’t think a visit to LA is really complete unless you drive up and down the PCH and make a stop to the Santa Monica Pier.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I am grateful to so many people in my life, my family and friends have always been there to support my journey. I would be lost without my parents’ guidance, love and support. Without my childhood friends I wouldn’t understand what true friendship is and what choosing a family to be there for you would feel like. Lastly my amazingly talented friends I met while in art school, I don’t think I would have made it without their endless support and encouragement. Thank you for being there for me.