In our ATAS Artist Spotlight series, we take a deeper dive into our artists through their work and the creative process and stories behind them.
Jessica Luna is an Italian artist known for her dreamlike, minimalistic, and mysterious digital art. Her artwork is influenced by space vibes and music that she listens to. When Jessica is not drawing, she loves singing and enjoys music in general. Jessica lives by the motto that she would “rather have a life of ‘oh wells’ than a life of ‘what ifs’”.
This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.
“Art can be such a powerful tool to help heal your soul even while your body is struggling. I am happy to be part of this amazing project!”
What is your creative process?
Jessica: Usually it starts with a music inspiration. It can be a line from the lyrics, a certain mood it conveys, a memory attached to it, or just a story it makes me think of! I usually try to represent it in a simple way, but adding something like a disturbing element, which often results in strange events happening in the sky!
Which one of your works is your favorite?
Jessica: “The Last Of The Real Ones” is my favourite not because of the outcome, but because it’s the first artwork of this series of original drawings! I’m still a beginner, but back then I felt like I needed to do more than just studies, and started to create something from my own mind. When I first listened to the song by Fall Out Boy with the same title, I caught some of the lyrics and combined them into a whole new story! It’s kind of unclear from the image, but I would rather let the audience make their own versions of it than telling what’s really behind it. I don’t want to kill the creativity in people’s minds by giving them all the information, it’s much more fun if they become active viewers by trying to figure out what’s the story about!
If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go?
Jessica: Everywhere, but mostly Japan!
What is your favorite piece of artwork that is not your own?
Jessica: “Sanpo” by Ilya Kuvshinov.
What do you listen to while you work?
Jessica: It’s always music! What kind depends on the mood I need, but most of the time it’s rock music!
Why did you decide to become an ATAS artist?
Jessica: I was informed about the use of art therapy to help people affected by Alzheimer’s and it really melted my heart. Art can be such a powerful tool to help heal your soul even while your body is struggling. I am happy to be part of this amazing project!