Gel Jamlang

:: AGE

38

:: LOCATION

Bethesda, Maryland, USA

:: MEDIUM

watercolor, painting

:: IDENTIFIES AS

A Filipino Woman

As a womxn, why do you think it is important to create?

It is important to create because it’s necessary, inevitable and possibly magical. A woman’s perspective is a big part of life.

What has been your proudest moment as an artist/creative?

It was a big moment for me when I realized that not only should I do art for most of the time of my life but that I should also do it for myself. That happened to me later in life, in my mid-thirties. I know it may sound silly or trite but I grew up a people pleaser with a mindset that work is always for money. Work will always be hard, but realizing that you are not just one of the working ants trying to survive, but that being an artist means something…and it’s most meaningful to yourself.

How do you define love?

Love is when you’re happy with no additions necessary.

What is the space that you like to create in?

Big wooden table with paint stains and everything is within reach.

What do you like to listen to while you create?

Podcasts.

What is your earliest memory of making art?

Kindergarten, drawing little girls.

Do you have any words of advice for young womxn/artist/creators out there?

Work hard, persist, don’t be discouraged by other people’s abilities or greatness, listen to your own artistic voice, dare to be alone.

What social issues do you care about most?

Women’s rights and racism.

What could you not live without?

A warm blanket.

 How do you make time to create?

It’s on the schedule

How does your mental health affect your work?

Working is a pain and sometimes impossible when I am overwhelmed with anxiety or other emotional issues..

 Who are your influences/inspirations?

Georgia O’Keefe, René Magritte, Salvador Dali, Maira Kalman, Christoph Neimann, My husband Aaron, My mother.

What message do you want to spread with your art?

This will very possibly change in the future, but for now it’s: Things are usually not how they always seem.

What is your hope for the future?

I hope people will give artists a widespread higher value (both amateurs and professionals) and treat it like a real job.  

Dear Gel, the vibrancy of your illustrations unleashes the creative potential of our everyday realm into beautiful new ways of being. Thank you for your magic and inspiring us to allow the serendipitous nature of watercolors to release our artistic boundaries.

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