Turning jealousy into Get-your-ass-back-in-the-studio-inspiration
The Jealous Curator
Danielle Krysa has a BFA in Visual Arts and a post-grad in graphic design. She is the writer/curator behind the contemporary art site, The Jealous Curator (est.2009), and has curated art shows from Washington DC to Los Angeles, and San Francisco to Toronto.
Danielle creates her own artwork as well – mixed media collages that combine found images, paint, and as much humor as she can pack into each title. When she’s not in the studio, Danielle is writing books: “Creative Block”, “Collage”, and “Your Inner Critic Is A Big Jerk” were the first three, and her fourth book, “A Big Important Art Book – Now with Women”, was released in October of 2018.
Danielle has also had the great pleasure of speaking at TEDx, PIXAR, Creative Mornings, and CreativeLive, and was interviewed for several video segments on oprah.com.
The Jealous Curator launched in 2009, as a place for me to show artwork that “made me jealous”. Yes, I was jealous of other artists’ work, their lives, their success, their studios. I felt like I’d never have any of that – and I was right – because I wasn’t making art! I was stuck, and so busy comparing myself to everyone else that I didn’t even allow myself to be creative. It was awful. I started the blog to document the work I loved, but more importantly, I wanted to find a way to flip the jealousy into something positive – admiration and inspiration to be specific. It worked!
As I move forward with the site, I’ve realized that what I’m most interested in is, of course sharing/exposing the work of talented contemporary artists through my daily posts, but I’m also absolutely fascinated with the self-doubt part – the insecurities, inner-critics, creative blocks, and of course the jealousy that all of us have to deal with at some point. If we share openly about this, about the vulnerability that comes with being creative, all of us will benefit.
This led to the idea behind my first book, titled “CREATIVE BLOCK“, which was released by Chronicle Books in 2014, and then a more in-depth follow-up book, titled “Your Inner Critic Is A Big Jerk”, which was released Fall 2016 – both as a hardcover and as an audiobook. (I also did a TEDx talk on the subject, if you’d like to watch it.). In October of 2018, my latest book, “A BIG IMPORTANT ART BOOK – Now With Women” has hit shelves worldwide.
09.2015 – los angeles – california girls
12.2014 – san francisco – bedford gallery
11.2013 – los angeles – the fig house
02.2013 – chattanooga – beautifully boring
07.2011 – vancouver – pieces of the moon
03.2011 – washington dc – try a little tenderness …
brianmviveros.com/main Thinkspace Gallery Los Angeles, CA. USA Beinart Gallery Brunswick, VIC. Australia