The Heroine’s Journey of Jodi Bonassi

What is the best thing that you love about your work? 
I love storytelling.  Through drawing and painting I can create stories based on truth,  creatures and see memories in a new light.  I can create an alternate universe and invite the viewer to investigate.
What is your idea of perfect happiness? 
Perfect happiness is an illusion that people chase.  If you are looking for it, you are already assuming that you lack it.  When I let go of wants, cravings and my expectations of others I am at my happiest. and wanting to matter, to be “seen” in a certain light is unimportant.  My bliss is  doing art for hours and hours until the brush falls out of my hand, loving and supporting the people in my life, playing with my dog and being off-line and in the moment. That is happiness for me.
What is your greatest fear?
I think my greatest fear is that I would lose my child.  I know friends who have lost their children pre-maturely and it is something a parent never gets over. I am artist but I am also a mother. I love my son and love when he’s happy or excited about things.
What is the trait that you most deplore in yourself?
I have an obsession about quiet when I am in my art process.  That’s funny because on the metro and in public places I sketch easily and  am in the zone.   When I paint in my studio, I have these huge headphones on and love listening to quiet.
Which living persons in your profession do you most admire?
It’s a long list that could go on forever.  These are figurative artists I have come to know and be inspired by.  They know who they are, are always working on their skills and are truly happy for the success of others.
Max Presneill
Kent Twitchell
Kim Abeles
Mark Steven Greenfield
Bradford J Salamon
Ruth Weisburg
Leonard Greco
F Scott Hess
Gary Lloyd
Stuart Kusher
Leonard Greco
Dori Atlantis
Richard Bruland
What is your greatest extravagance?
I love a great massage, so once in a while I treat myself to one.
On what occasion would you lie?
To save a person from harm either to themselves or others.
What is the thing that you dislike the most in your work?
That I am a detail freak. I am seen by others as prolific but that is due to the hours I put in.  I love tiny little brushes and hate my obsessiveness. LOL, apparently that has become the hallmark of my work.
When and where were you  the happiest, in your work?
I always save the floor for last.  Creating a repeating pattern is a peaceful zen process.
If you could, what would you change about yourself?
I would like to be more fearless.
What is your greatest achievement in work?
 I am really proud of my recent residency at Torrance Art Museum.  I shared the residency with fabulous artists that are now friends.  My proposal to include the visitors into my paintings and to allow children to actually make marks into my work was exciting.  It was a letting go of ego.  There were so many people that wanted to be involved.  I am grateful to Max Presneill, the curator for taking a chance on me.
Where would you most like to live? I like Topanga Canyon and I have a dear friend , Pat who lives there.  Our kids brought us together.  Her husband and her have been in the Canyon for years and I can’t imagine life without her great friendship or her awesome cookie parties.
 
What is my most treasured possession?
Right now, my dear dog Pickles.I know it’s not forever but loving an animal is so incredible.
What is my most marked characteristic?
I am very structured and disciplined in the use of my time. Everything was so chaotic growing up, so this became an essential skill for me.
What is your most inspirational location, in your city?
I love the Getty.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?
I would have to say Phillipes  near Chinatown.  Best Beef dip in town and I love their banana pie.  I have great memories of my dad taking me there.
What books influenced your life and how?
The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman is an historic novel about ancient Israel that centers on four women.  They each had inner strength and their battles were so extraordinary.  The book inspired me to be strong about my convictions.
I Robot by Isaac Asimov
All the Harry Potter Books  Both books are about fighting for your beliefs and defeating the odds,  and these qualities are important to me.
Who are your  favorite writers?
Alice Hoffman
Isaac Asimov
Ray Bradbury
You Only Die Once. What music would you listen to  on your last day?
Hello Goodbye by the  Beatles.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?
WonderWoman
Who are your heroes and heroines in real life?
Pat Lester
Which movie would you recommend to see once in a lifetime?
The Shape Of Water
What role plays art in my life and work?
Art is an extension of my experiences,expressing my individuality and my ability to understand the human experience and connect to others..
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?
Betty Brown
Whom would I like to work with in 2018?
Kent Twitchell
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018?
Kahinde Wiley
What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on?
I am excited about an exhibition coming up in January that is curated by Bradford J Salamon.
Where can you see me or my work in 2018?
The Loft At Liz
Room And Board
The Museum Of The San Fernando Valley
Bread and Salt Exhibit at Hebrew Union College
Jodi Bonassi Interconnected:  https://youtu.be/QtzAwkO-jk
Jodi bonassi Art talk at The Museum Of The San Fernando Valley :  https//youtu.be/VOW-5UhQztg
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?
Passion is a powerful driving force to create that is not tied to WHY.  The creating of a painting is an exploration of all your emotions.  It is pure adrenaline and pure zen mixed together.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?
Malka Nadevi
Leonard Greco,
Bibi Davidson
Richard Bruland
How can you contact me?
cell: 818 274 7393
or Facebook message me
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