We had the good fortune of connecting with Jiselle Kamppila and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jiselle, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
The Fit of Sleep zine was created in March 2020, the beginnings of covid-19’s quarantine. I was in complete shambles- as was the rest of the world. I had my studio taken away from me. My access to creating physical art pretty much vanished. From my past curation skills, I decided that I excel at creating and organizing original platforms for diverse artists. My website, a digital zine, that welcomes all kinds of mediums has become a reality. The line: “The fit of sleep”, reads as the transitioning of the “sleep” of ordinary consciousness to a sensational reality. In other words, to be a visionary. The value of poetry and being a poet composes the content of each issue. The “idea” for The Fit of Sleep zine is to be your own visionary, and delve into your own personal philosophy. To be a catalyst for true creation, in any form.
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.
I’m an artist, writer, and curator. I talk a lot about word experiments, specifically the word experimentation of Charles Baudelaire. I have studied the sensations of poetry for three years now, I have written a few theses about his theory and execution of words about words in prose, how memory conjures images to words, and so forth. It has become my central study in which I base my work on. My journey as an artist hasn’t been easy. I wouldn’t call my career path an easy one. Covid has really put a hold on what I would love to do. My struggle with addiction and Bipolar I disorder has really hindered my fight with being a better person and artist. My struggles in completing my undergrad in fine arts was most troubling, as a queer woman I was put up to the challenging of my reality and intelligence. I am still estranged to the art world and how I can fit in. I’d call myself very self-driven and very much an outsider. My success is within my personal endeavours. As a brand, I pride myself over the themes of strength and diversity. As someone who has never fully been understood by the art world, in terms of legitimacy and content, I see strength and diversity as a core definition of my brand. I do not believe in one voice. I believe in many. I believe in the ones that are invisible, the language of the unheard. I am most proud of my zine The Fit of Sleep for embodying these values.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I don’t go out much– because of Covid, but my itinerary for a day in Los Angeles would be filled with art and yes, food. First, I would make my way to The Last Bookstore in downtown. There, I would find very amazing editions of my favorite books! They have so many different options there; records, different types of literature, and even visual spectacles– like a bookcase portal. Next, I would travel to the Bourgeois Pig for coffee and a really cool environment to lay back in. After I’m done with that, I’d make my way to the amazing LACMA and check out new exhibitions and modern art. It’s always cool to see LACMA’s permanent collection! My favorite of the permanent collection is the German Expressionists and Abstract Expressionism. My favorite past exhibition is Betye Saar’s “Call and Response” back in 2019. Finally, when I become lethargic and hungry, I go down to Swingers Diner and get some breakfast for dinner!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to thank ALL of the artists from every issue. From issue 1 to issue 5, and to all the participating artists in our live streaming events! The artists featured in our issues are strong and talented. They have integrity and make their truth vulnerable. I’d also like to thank every POC from our POC issue. The fit of sleep zine honors the Black Lives Matter movement and are dedicated to change. The amazing black artists whom participated are so brave to tell us their story and share their art. I’d also like to give a shoutout to Dimitri Milbrun (instagram: @dimi_brando), my dearest friend from Paris, in which I met in art school a few years ago. He has helped with curation and content for many of our issues.
Jon Del Real