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Meet Jasmine Monsegue of Spacebrat in Downtown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jasmine Monsegue.

Jasmine, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’m from Houston, TX originally which was where I began my practices. I graduated with a Bachelor of Studio Art and Visual Design in 2017 but it wasn’t until I moved to LA that I started taking my work more seriously. It had always been difficult trying to sell my prints or paintings online so I began working different avenues in order to survive out here. Putting my art on clothing, I made helped my earnings as well as getting exposure. Nothing comes easy but I learn to be consistent. I’m nowhere near where I want to be in this lifetime but hearing that I may have inspired someone in any way possible is more than enough for me. I enjoy connecting with other artists and sharing ideologies on how to make this life a little more pleasant through our creations.

Has it been a smooth road?
Nothing has come easy for sure. Some obstacles I noticed to be annoying were the simple problems of staying healthy and energized in this business. Conserving your energy to stay focused and to be sure not to spread yourself so thin. I have a problem of always saying yes to every opportunity that comes my way, later realizing that It would be more beneficial if I do less commission/collaboration work in order to focus on my projects. I always said that there is never enough time in the day. So being sure not to waste any minute has always been important to me.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Spacebrat – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
I’m a Visual Artist so I enjoy exploring literally every medium possible, maybe even inventing new ones. Currently, what I have been gravitating towards is painting, sewing, and designing. I use airbrushing as a tool to tell a story or cook up a feeling for whoever is consuming it. I will airbrush anything from a couch on the street to a Telfar bag,
I’m most proud of reaching the corners of the earth with my pieces. Like shipping something to Switzerland, Japan, or Brazil always makes me happy. I want to reach the masses and flood the market with my expressions. Most importantly, I want my work to be accessible everywhere. Spacebrat was something I created when I was 17, I use this now as an umbrellas term to describe the present. I’m not a fashion designer or a painter. The products I put out now are simply an extension of myself in this moment.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I appreciate the subcultures here in LA putting in work to make underground art shows and spaces happen for people who are not involved with major gallery shows and events. That is where the meat is at for me. It is nice to be surrounded by people who are taking their passions seriously and to put other people on. I dislike how gentrified and controlled LA is. Coming from the south it is unusual to me to see so much of this almost like people here are desensitized to the homeless community and turn around of historic neighborhoods. It is extremely hard to watch and be surrounded by if you are a person that is sensitive to this.

Contact Info:

  • Website: outerspaceher.com
  • Email: jasminemonsegue@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @spacebrat

Image Credit:
Hick Duarte (photographer of black and white photo)

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