Today we’d like to introduce you to Jen Ditchik.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I wake up slowly every day as if it’s a fresh start.
I greet my sentient beings with love and acknowledgment.
I walk for thirty minutes, moving and honoring my body feeling grateful for the beauty it brings me.
I meditate for twenty minutes focusing on my breath, letting the thoughts be separate from my soul.
I live in a simple, warm space.
I often see the world through a camera. I consider myself a conceptual artist that uses photography and mixed media to create. My art, work, and lifestyle reflect my fascination with intuition, color, and movement as a personal narrative.
I was born and raised in Los Angeles. I was always curious and fascinated by creativity and self-expression – often exploring different mediums. I’m an introvert and an HSP (highly sensitive person), so the ability to create has been my savior in many ways.
I’m a seeker of spirit and knowledge. I love reading about people and different ways of living and learning.
I have been a Minimalist for the past few years. As there are many flavors of this lifestyle, my focus is a living an intentional life, focusing on my core values: health, relationships, passion, growth, and contribution.
I graduated with a degree in Communications with an emphasis on Radio, TV & Film. After graduation, I developed a love for media and commercial production. Wanting to incorporate my passion for the creative process into my career, I began to explore the world of creative advertising.
Eventually, I switched my focus to theatrical marketing and print production where I have been able to connect the dots.
Currently, I am head of a global marketing operations team at a movie studio where I get to direct all aspects systems and content deliverables.
What I am most passionate about is inspiring others. Whether that be via my art, self-expression, the way I lead my team or interact with the barista at Coffee Bean. The best part about my day is making someone smile or encouraging them to live their best life.
I recently started to step away from social media and have I felt more inspired after taking a break from these digital mediums. There’s a beautiful thing that happens when we allow ourselves to be bored… some of our best ideas come from solitude.
I started shooting with a 35mm last year. There’s something magical to me about analog – holding the camera, the weight of it, the anticipation of developing the negative.
My work is rewarding and challenging.
I spend my days showing up for my job, leading my team from a place of love and mentorship. I welcome the challenges and learn from all around me.
I end my day’s softy shutting down from the day. Reconnecting with my cats, meditating and taking a hot bath before bed. I note three things I am grateful for that happened that day then go to bed.
Please tell us about your art.
By applying poetic and often metaphorical language, I embrace the tradition of remembrance art into daily practice. This personal follow-up and revival of a past tradition is important as an act of meditation.
I continue to explore my emotional self with photography and mixed media as the interpreter; challenging the parameters of both mediums to illuminate the novelty of the mundane.
What do you think about the conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
We’re all creative!
How one lives their life is an art – not just being able to paint, take a photograph, write a song, write a novel.
So live intentionally, beautifully and don’t be afraid to call yourself an artist.
- Website: https://www.jenditchik.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jenditchik/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/JenDitchik
- Other: https://www.flickr.com/people/jend/
Myself, Emily Effler, Meredith Rom