Interview of Jordyn McGeachin by Sophie Pellegrini
Tell us a little bit about yourself–where are you from and how old are you?
My name is Jordyn. I’m from Melbourne, Australia. I’m 20 years old and an art student.
What kind of art do you create? How would you describe it in a few words?
Most of the art I create are illustrations, I always tend to draw cartoon-like people. This year I’ve created a handful of different artworks in different mediums, like oil paint and in printmaking. Deep down I’m a drawer; it’s what I enjoy the most. I would describe my art as feminine and playful.
What inspires you, in your art and in your life?
What inspires me in both my art and life are things I am surrounded by. If I see a colour I like, I get fixated on it and start using it as much as possible (right now that colour is blue, I’ve just put together a zine full of drawings I’ve happened to make all in blue). For me it’s honestly what I surround myself with, that’s what makes me inspired.
Tell us a little bit about your artistic work process.
My work process is a little all over the place. Sometimes when I’m drawing I can just sit down with a fine liner and a bunch of markers and finish something then and there. Then I have days when I can’t draw a single thing I’m happy with so I spend some time doodling in my journal, this can take days/weeks for me to be inspired to make something.
Your illustrations tend to feature women–why are you attracted to this subject matter?
If I make something from a personal thought, my first instinct is to draw a female because it’s what I identify myself as. Even if the picture is not what I look like physically, I can still relate to it in a sense. Sometimes without even thinking much about it I start sketching out a girl and go from there, I don’t know if I’m in just in the habit of doing it now and it’s something I’m going to always continue to do, or if it’s a phase.
Do you consider yourself a feminist? What does feminism mean to you?
I definitely do. It means a lot to me, it’s helped me become the person I am today. I’m so much more open-minded and I’ve had to unlearn a lot of things that are imbedded into you growing up as a girl. I love that I’m able to be apart of a movement that is full of so many amazing and supportive people that want to make a change.
What advice would you give your 13-year-old self?
Stop trying to grow up so fast!
And if you could do anything differently during your teen years, what might it be?
There’s a bunch of stuff I wish I could have done differently, or didn’t have to experience but I don’t think I would be who I am today without those things occurring.
What’s one item on your bucket list?
I really want to explore Japan.