The artist Jose Palacio, also recognised as ‘JIPS’ or ‘JIPSx’, is a multidisciplinary visible artist from Colombia, whose fantastical, generally-psychedelic practice builds itself off electronic artwork, portray and animation. He embarked on his artistic path when he was quite youthful, telling STIR he has generally appreciated to paint, and that observing his mother producing art in lots of various tactics, mainly on a variety of textiles, served as inspiration. The artist suggests, “This taught me that there have been many methods to categorical myself, based on the sensation of the second.” When the time came that Palacio experienced to choose a university career, he and his mothers and fathers resolved with each other that he need to analyze business administration. He appears to be again on this, declaring, “At that time, I was extremely younger, I was barely 16 yrs previous, now that I see it in retrospect, I truly feel like I produced a conclusion incredibly tied to loved ones and social aspirations, but that in the end aided outline the human being I am currently. Inspite of studying for a vocation considerably taken out from the arts, I had the chance to check out my artistic facet by pursuing music at the exact same time. I could not finish it due to fiscal difficulties, but it served me to reconnect with my creative self. Obtaining completed my reports in enterprise administration and with my degree in hand, doors ended up opened for me to do the job in the stock marketplace, and afterwards as a economic manager of a enterprise. This was noticed as a achievement by the modern society in which I lived, but I did not truly feel finish I felt that it was not aligned with what I wanted for my daily life.”
Palacio commenced to go after an inventive occupation in his spare time, as a implies of escape and self-treatment. He mentions that it manufactured him feel as while he was disappearing. His toolkit at this stage was fairly smaller. He tells STIR that at this stage, all the do the job he would make would be finished on his cell phone as he experienced no other suggests of drawing. He continues, “All my evenings begun to transform into areas of creation, the place I just let the factors, I wanted to generate circulation freely. My first paintings turned toward criticism of culture, particularly in the direction of the sterile, elitist and conservative culture of the town exactly where I was born: Barranquilla. My inspiration was the banks and cocktails at the Nation Club and the plastic persons I experienced to interact with in my day-to-working day lifestyle. Nevertheless, minimal by little the themes and models of artwork that I was doing work on took other directions. I began to examine into the mother nature of things, the unconscious, and the way our lifestyle styles our beliefs and our notion of reality.”
Just about every new artwork that the artist established was shared with his closest buddies. They arrived to enjoy a basic position in his observe by their belief in him and would give him the stability he wanted to continue generating. A single of them in distinct, Carlos Castillo, made the decision to give Palacio the instrument he wanted at that time: an iPad. This led the visible artist to explore depths in his follow that he hitherto did not think he would achieve. He elaborates on this declaring, “It led me to extend and depart my small cell cellular phone display screen, for a entire world of options that I experienced not explored. That is why even right now, I keep in mind with good gratitude that generous act that boosted my innovative ability. Following this, tiny by tiny proposals arrived to me that I never believed of. For illustration, mural art, building animations and building handles. All this was one thing that I did not know, but energized me, and that emotion was that prevalent thread that served me get benefit of this excellent possibility to find out new tools and tactics and establish my techniques. My existence was getting to be more and much more detached from the administrative sphere, and each day I was approaching my art to a better extent, until finally 1 working day I made a decision to dedicate myself completely to this.”
Nowadays, Palacio sees his practice as a mission and a search to comprehend actuality and what lies past it. By altered states of consciousness and meditation, he has occur to discover himself in realms beyond our notion of what is “real” beyond what he believes religions have mentioned or science has been ready to explain. In these destinations, wherever neither physics nor biology keep dominion, exactly where the variety by itself is transient, is the place significantly of his art will come from. “In lots of of my paintings you can see a staying dressed as an astronaut, termed a ‘psychonaut’. This character is the frequent thread of quite a few of my tales. In my will work, you will see some of what I have lived and expert, and its interpretation is completely open up because I am only a medium between two worlds,” he shares.
Palacio reveals that he follows a fairly easy resourceful routine for his multidisciplinary artwork. He suggests, “I think about my inventive system to be very uncomplicated. I get up incredibly early each individual early morning, I go to my studio and dependent on the commitment with which I wake up, I operate on one thing precise. There are days that I wake up wanting to animate, so I get in that zone. On other people, I discover myself seeking to master artificial intelligence, and I devote my day to producing tasks of that form. I try out to give each individual piece I generate the significance it justifies give it a objective and a spirit.”
The iconography that the Colombian artist utilises inside his is effective is intently connected to what life inside of his unconscious: what he expert as a little one, what he preferred, the images that stimulated and attracted him in his childhood, the games he played and so on. He notes that his voice and emotions are Caribbean and that this is a thing that flows from his unconscious and can be evidenced in the presence of vibrant people from the Barranquilla carnival in his artwork. On the other hand, Palacio doesn’t permit these to just take above and alternatively chooses to mine his unconscious unfettered by it: for him as an artist, it is of utmost worth over all else, not to permit biases to enter his perform.