MEET JADE MIKELL


Jade Mikell's evocative new series, Parochial, was created to challenge and honour their aversion to colour.

In Jade's own words, this series reflects "how the culmination of synesthesia, physiological colour aversions and OCD determines what words I find comfortable or overwhelming, how I feel that physically, and how this impacts my use of language." Jade has also used this series to add a new, fitting medium to their toolkit: natural clay. The three new works use gestural forms and rich, earthy colours, ebbing and flowing over each canvas.

To celebrate the release of this new series and the offering of a special discount on their oeuvre, we sat down with Jade to get to know them a bit better.

Shop the new collection HERE.

SP: What do you love most about the work you've created?

JM: that it is an authentic, mussed professing of needs and wishes, that it requires me to compromise comfort and stretches me into positions of newness in the moment of creation while in the greater pursuit of communicating messages of comfort and safety, how my practice has redefined these notions for me from stationary to undulating.

SP: What's the one subject matter you are intimidated to explore in your practice?

one close to my heart that I'll strive to explore one day, would be pregnancy loss.

SP: What historical figure do you most identify with (must be dead!)?

a segmentation between Georgia O'Keeffe, Audrey Hepburn + my Great-Grandfather

SP: What is your idea of perfect happiness?

rice tea, beemster on rye baked by our neighbours + a beloved novel while sheep graze nearby, or lying upon the desert earth surrounded by dunes, sky and a humbling stillness while birds cavort about me.

SP: What is your greatest extravagance?

books, and the textile, tactile presences in my life.

SP: What makes you stop and look at a work of art?

whether it either challenges me, or envelops me.

SP: What makes you fall in love with a work of art?

if it presents itself as a sensory refuge to me, a true rarity for me in complete honesty.

SP: What do you consider the most overrated subject matter in art?

realism as superiority.

SP: What talent would you most like to have?

a more definitive comprehension of mathematics, and by consequence our world's design.

SP: How would you most like to die?

at peace, having loved fully, in a cedar-shingled home by the sea.


Check out more of Jade's work HERE.