Instagram: @jake_diggity 

1. What’s your story? Where are you from?

I am a songwriter/teacher from Nashville by way of Chicagoland. I’ve always kind of dabbled in art, but never took it too seriously. I picked up creating digital collages during quarantine as a new creative outlet. I do music with my band Pet Envy @petenvyisaband and art is a great outlet for me when I need a break from other outlets. 

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2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

Surreal vintage vibes and I like using people as a subject majority of the time. I like pastels, juxtaposition, and simplicity. 

3. What is your favourite medium and why?

Digital. The faster I can gather an idea without limitations, the more happier I am with the result. I have been experimenting with analog collage thanks to my friend Lanie who is a fantastic analog collage artist @patchydreams.

4. What is your artistic process like?

I first hunt for images I like and stockpile them. When I sit down to create, I usually work best when I first wake up in the morning. My best work comes within minutes and creating digitally conveniently helps me achieve that. If one idea goes too long, then it’s usually abandoned and revisited later on. 

5. Who and/or what inspires your work? 

Collage artists like Frank Moth and Beth Hoeckel are the direct inspiration for my artwork. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have started or wouldn’t have even known this type of art existed. Obviously, Dali is an inspiration and my active college colleagues like @seize_gallery @collage.garden @whileinquarantina and @spacerocket_art to name a few who keep me inspired as well.

6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?

Just like writing music, golf, and the other activities in my life, it provides me with an escape from the real world. With art, I get to create my own and I’m fortunate to have that kind of outlet. Actively pursuing art is simply steroids for my imagination. I’m always looking for that cloud that looks like an elephant or that tree with “perfect” symmetry. 

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7. Where did you study?

Purdue University 

8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

Thriving

9. What about in ten?

Thriving, but older

10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?

Self-gratification. It’s the only reason I do it and I’ve been pretty successful so far.

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11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?

Authentic Mexican 

12. Favourite book?

Bicycle Diaries – David Byrne 

13. Favourite genre of music? 

Pop, Rnb, Soul, Jazz, Classical 

14. What are your hobbies? 

Golf, songwriting, and videography 

15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?

A full-time songwriter or a pro golfer but I’ll keep dreaming haha

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