Conflict is the Seed of Creation
Drea Jay is a visual artist who currently resides in her adopted home of West Oakland. A survivor of extreme childhood trauma, art was her escape and freedom for as long as she can remember. While a multi-versatile artist, the styles she embraces fully are surrealism mixed with abstraction, while she utilizes radical expressionism and self-acceptance in a goal to heal her trauma along with encapsulating each moment to hopefully help others along their paths. She believes peeling back the veneer of reality allows for exploration of the subconscious meta connections between the emotional, physical, mental, sexual and spiritual realms.
Art is a process-orientated practice for her steeped in meditation, a deep understanding of how color affects the human psyche, and ultimately aspiring to embrace and articulate the unknown instead of fearing it. A considerable portion of her work is mixed-media utilizing acrylic, watercolor, oil, and digital mediums while appropriating found objects and sculptural work. Her use of varied materials reflects her passion as a life-long learner, on a constant search for new philosophies, scientific discoveries, and visual tools to communicate in an accessible manner esoteric concepts. To Drea, elitism in art is a toxic concept and she believes detrimental to humanity as a whole.
Her inspirations as artists are just as varied: Frida Kahlo, Gustav Klimt, Vincent Van Gogh, Edward Gorey, Salvador Dali, Edo Period Prints, and a variety of Religious or Spiritual Art practices from a myriad of cultures. The core of her process is to synthesize such distinctive visual languages to find harmonies for them to coexist. If wildly different concepts can relate in a work of art, then there is a certainty they can commonalities in reality.