Tell us a little bit about yourself
My name is Deja Nunez, I was born and raised in Bakersfield, CA. I moved to Chicago when I was 19 which was an amazing experience, I received a BA in Art and Design from Columbia College Chicago. I love to eat, but I hate cooking, I’m obsessed with dragqueens, I’m interested in what’s going on in people’s heads. I am a natural redhead, people often say I look 10 years younger than I actually am, but that I should take it as a compliment. I am very sarcastic with a quite twisted sense of humor. I love animals, and I think cats are aliens.
How would you describe your style?
Loose, gestural, crafty, colorful, a lot of portraiture.
What mediums do you work in?
Acrylic, ink, wood, metal.
What is your favorite medium?
How long have you been making art?
Since I was a small child.
What got you started?
My mom always had art supplies around, and being the introvert I am, I would stay in and paint/draw all day.
What are your favorites that you have done?
A portrait of Saul Williams and portrait of Bernie Sanders, and the purple Woodengirl.
What are you working on?
More Woodengirls, as well as my dream portraits.
What would be your dream project?
A huge city mural.
Any advice or lessons you’ve learned?
Continue to create, even when you think it sucks, don’t be afraid to fill sketchbooks with bad drawings because that helps you grow, and you will eventually see the improvement.
Who or what inspires you?
Other artists inspire me, regular people achieving what they set out to do, and working hard for what they want are really inspiring.
Who are your favorite artists?
Ralph Steadman, Robert Crumb, Alex pardee, Octoplum…
Any other skills?
I am a welder, woodworker, crafter, pizza expert.
Why do you think art is important?
I think it can help you see into a person’s thoughts, and getting in peoples heads and understanding them is interesting to me. On the other hand I think art can bring people together, it can create a discussion on things that it might be hard to say with words, but people can better understand visually.
Why do you think strengthening the art community is important?
I think strengthening the community is important because it gives people something fun to do, it can bring different people with similar interests together that can help each other learn and grow and have good times.
How has your practice changed over time?
Art started as something I would do to pass time in long car rides and during lectures, and turned into something I would do to change my world and what I would look at on a day to day basis, I would paint all my walls so they wouldn’t be bland and white, I would create things to keep around me to make me happy, and create things to make other people happy. Now I create art for fun, but also to make a living.
What meaning do you like to convey with your work?
I just want to make cool stuff that makes people feel something, anything.
What is the best advice you’ve received?
Nobody ever knows what they’re doing, ever..so just do it till you figure it out.
What are your favorite movies?
Zoolander, Mr. nobody, Across the universe, Juno…
What are your favorite TV shows?
Rick & Morty, It’s always sunny in Philadelphia, Rupaul’s Dragrace, Adventure Time.
What is your favorite band?
Explosions in the sky, blink 182, I’ve been really into Code Orange, and The Frights lately.
What creative rituals do you have?
Sleeping, eating, procrastinating, browsing the internet, and then creating.
If you were a gallon of milk what percentage of fat would you be?
What is your least favorite hot pocket?
If you were a pop-tart, who would you take to prom and how?
I would take Zoey Deschanel, I think she’d be into it.
What DO you do?
Sleep, A LOT.
If life weren’t like a box of chocolate, what would it be like and why?
Probably a box of black licorice because it sucks and everyone hates it, even the people who pretend they don’t. Haha.
How can people follow your work?
On instagram @dejadeja
Hi, there! This is Jeremy from Project Oh! and I am sitting here at my desk working on organizing some projects for this year and I figured I would obey my scheduled Reminder for this month and post an update. But first, Happy New Year! We hope it is treating you well so far. Now for the *good stuff.
I’d like to start by thanking everyone that contributed and supported us this last year. I think it was a good year for us overall. We moved forward on some things, and behind on others, but we were happy to be consistently working towards our main goals. The art shows were super fun, and our costume and figure drawing sessions continue to be strong and well received. We did fall behind on some magazine projects for various reasons which has lead to a new focus for this year.
Starting this month, Project Oh! Magazine will be considered an ongoing project instead of a quarterly publication. This could change in the future, but I want to put the focus on completing these projects with quality in mind rather than getting them out at a specific time. This was really meant to be a community collaborative project and we would like to work towards that end and give it as much time as it needs. But at the same time, we really do want a more consistent presence which leads us to our newest project, Project Oh! (Mini).
Project Oh! (Mini) is our new publication that will be released digitally every month. This will open us up to being able to promote more community events and sponsored content. We will also have featured art and special announcements. This will grow as the year progresses, but if you can check out our beta release right now. If you’d like to see more, you can subscribe for free and we will send them out as they become available.
*good stuff is a relative term.