artist Jasmine Monsegue on the intriguing effect of airbrush

When discussing why their works have a surreal, awkward edge, artist Jasmine Monsegue simply replies, “I like horror movies and freaky shit.” Not in the mood to create visually superficial or mundane art, their body of work spans from glowing babies in a graveyard, dragons playing the keyboard, and a sinister-looking Jack In The Box. Honestly, you don’t see them every day. And this is what makes them so brilliant. “I think my boredom inspires the bizarre, creepy feeling, because painting something conventionally beautiful would eventually put me to sleep,” continues Jasmine. But while all of Jasmine’s works seem to come from very different, disparate ideas and subjects, they’re all united by the artist’s instantly recognizable style.

Besides the ability to be “super calming”, Jasmine observes the airbrush effect they apply as “the desire to see more”. They add, “Sometimes, when all the information is there, it’s not so much fun”. It is this element of stylistic mystery and intrigue that shines through in Jasmine’s piece, Foreign Affairs† A lily flower covering a face, with the eyes, nose and some hair still visible through the petals; it’s impossible to tell the subject’s emotions or facial expression, causing an uncomfortable, unpredictable sensation. The subtle glow, also provided by the airbrushed effect and present throughout Jasmine’s work, gives it a supernatural feeling, as if their paintings are completely from another planet.

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