In light of Women's History Month, we're celebrating female creativity and the transformative energy it holds. Here, we spotlight Jocelyn Marsh, a sculptor that shares how the power of being a woman has both informed and influenced her own unique path.
Let’s start with a little about yourself. Where do you live?
I live in Silverlake, Los Angeles, California in a cabin in the woods in the middle of the city.
What is it that you create? How has being a female influenced this work and your approach?
I am a sculptor. I work with wood, clay, metal, and all other manner of materials. I see a lot of femininity in my work in that it is delicate and focuses on the tiniest of details. While I am always aiming for things to be durable and last as long as possible, I am looking for the razor edge between delicate and fragile so that everything ends in a fine point. Elegance is at the center of my work as well as strength. That is what being a woman is in my book.
“I feel a maturity in this evolution that mirrors my own growth as a woman both intellectually and emotionally.”
The female identity is one of transformative nature. The way we evolve and transform over time influences how and why (and what) we create. Can you tell us a bit about your own process and how you came to it?
My process has been one of narrowing in on the heart of what the work is about. In the beginning, I often continued to add and add until things were on the verge of being cluttered. There was a lot of insecurity in my approach as I felt around in the dark for what I was trying to do or say. I was afraid to leave anything out. As I grew in skill and point of view, I naturally started refining and focusing on negative space as a vital part of the overall piece. I feel a maturity in this evolution that mirrors my own growth as a woman both intellectually and emotionally. As I feel more confident in myself and in my work, I am able to say less, allowing the space in between to grow which naturally gives the viewer room to have an interactive experience.
What creative path do you plan to pursue next? Or what projects /materials do you hope to work with in the future?
I am currently moving down the path of porcelain. I am exploring it in both sculpture and lighting design.
Is there a female iconoclast, dead or alive, that has had an impact on your own creative journey?
There are so many women that have had an impact on my life. The first female artist that inspired me as a teenager was Anais Nin. I was a writer at the time. I was inspired by her confidence, her feminine writing style, her sensuality, and her refusal to adhere to the rules. I continue to be influenced by this kind of woman. Thankfully, there are so many to admire.