Today we’d like to introduce you to Jovanna Tosello.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I’m a Brazilian-American animator and illustrator. I was born and raised in the smoggy urban sprawl of Los Angeles, California. My career as an animator has allowed me to live and work in a lot of unexpected places: Tokyo, New York, Shanghai, Iceland, and the Netherlands. –But Los Angeles will always be home.
Please tell us about your art.
I work as a professional animator and illustrator. There’s an alluring charm with illustration and animation–they have a unique ability to reinterpret the physical world by blending the line between figurative representation and abstraction. There’s a tension between psychedelic and surrealist elements, unveiling a narrative progression that follows its own internal logic. One image gives birth to another. Scenes fold into themselves just as one’s mind wanders.
Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
I believe artist have a role to play in articulating and challenging some of the most pressing issues of the day.