Jon: I'm Here

Within the deep void of the internet, Jon makes a name for himself on the world wide web. Throughout his feed, the artist pastes photos of his drawings and photography for others to consume. Each photo serves a laminated, sensual feeling for the viewer to experience. In order to understand each piece, he requires us to associate the connotations of his paintings with our own lives and experiences.

Whether he strikes his way through the city in a skirt, or uploads his art to his Instagram platform, @artofjericho, he always finds a way to express his individuality to the world.

Interviewer: Whenever you feel broken, how do you put yourself back together?

Jon: Usually, I’ll call one of my friends and we watch stuff together. The main thing we do is talk and then, we just break it down.

Interviewer: What does brokenness look like to you?

Jon: I like to feel like everything’s pouring out of me, so I can release and carry on. Brokenness is me sitting in [my room] crying. I like to cry.

Interviewer: What does it look like to be completely put back together- the peace, the joy, the confidence.

Jon: I feel like if I look nice, I feel free.

Interviewer: Your art is a composition of peace, joy, and sexiness. How do you channel all your life experiences, emotions, and feelings into a piece?

Jon: I start with scribbling and scrabbling. As I’m going along and filling things in, I’m incorporating thoughts that are in my head.

Interviewer: Tell me about the reasons why you choose to create and draw.

Jon: I don’t know how to label my art, but I can do so many things with my hands. My art comes from me trying to express who I am. In some of my recent works, I’ve been writing, ‘I’m here.’ I don’t feel seen, but I’m here. I want somebody to know I’m here. I have a little sister now and every time I leave my room, she’s performing for me. She wants me to see that she has all of these things under her belt. I think it’s cute, but I realize that that’s me. I want the world to know [that] I’m here.

Interviewer: When did you first start drawing?

Jon: Me and my cousin couldn’t always get dolls, so we would draw and cut lined paper. We would draw everything else that [the dolls] needed; their houses, superpowers, [and] clothes. We had everything. Then, it became a job for us because if we going to grandma’s house, we need to draw them and cut them out.

Interviewer: What was your childhood like for you?

Jon: I loved my childhood. I’m able to do so many things because my imagination was out of this world. I always made sure I had fun. That’s something that stuck with me.

Interviewer: Tell me about what it was like to grow up with Ballroom culture.

Jon: I got introduced to Ballroom last year. Now, I have friends who are in Ballroom and it’s nice. [Also], My aunt got me into house music. Every Sunday, we cleaned up [and] it was just so fascinating.

Interviewer: Tell me about some fun nightlife times.

Jon: I went to RillyRil’s event and she had art on the wall and people were just dancing around. Being high at a party is the thing now, but I didn’t even have to be high. I was just so happy. I was dancing all night.

Interviewer: Tell me about the sexiest night you’ve had out.

Jon: One time, I went out on a date and it felt magical. It felt like I was in a movie. As the sun was going down, we were crossing the streets, and it was just beautiful.

Interviewer: Your art is very sensual and tangible. In what ways are some of your pieces inspired by sex and innate passion?

Jon: It’s a part of who I am. Sometimes, I’m just horny and I draw stuff around it so it can fit what I want to make. Sex is another form of expression for me. When I’m not on Earth, you’re going to know that I was a sexy person.

Interviewer: How did you get comfortable with your individuality?

Jon: I just like to believe I’m a balanced person. On Halloween, I wore a skirt. I felt weird being outside with a skirt on, but I also felt cute because the wind was blowing and I was like ‘Okay, Betty Boop.’

I let that push me through. Young Thug wore a whole dress and nobody questioned [it] because it’s his art. It’s not that deep. If you think I look nice, then say that. If you don’t [think I look nice], keep that to yourself. I’m still not going to care.

Interviewer: What art should we be on the lookout for?

Jon: I have all these ideas, but the things I make are emotional pieces. I got back into painting recently. I’m trying to let myself go. Not everything has to be filled up. I’m trying to push through with my art and make that the forefront for me.