REDMILK MEETS JOURDAN JOLY, A SCULPTURES THAT THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX. HE BUILDS ICE CREAMS AND TURNS THEM INTO WORKS OF ART TO EAT WITH THE EYES. FIND OUT MORE IN THE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW.
How did your passion for sculpture come from?
I have always been interested in art from a very young age and it has been my lifelong goal to be an artist. I originally thought I would be a painter but after studying multiple mediums I found myself much more inclined to work three-dimensionally.
What inspires your sculptures?
The ice cream body of work is inspired by many things but in particular, I was very inspired by fake food replicas that are common in Japan. As well as gag gifts I saw as a kid growing up like a fake spilt ice cream.
How would you describe your sculptures in three adjectives?
Fun, pop, and surreal.
Why did you focus precisely on the representation of ice creams?
When I first started creating ice cream sculptures it was a way to work on something that was more fun and lighthearted. At the time I was in graduate school where conceptual work is very important and I wanted to make something that could be a break from overthinking what I was creating.
You call yourself “Ice Cream Artist”. How important is the playful component in your works?
Extremely important without a doubt! I want the works to be fun and bring joy to others.
Your three-dimensional ice creams are very realistic. Have you ever thought about creating edible sculptures?
I have thought about creating chocolate cast versions but that is just one of a hundred new ideas I am yet to get to.
What does it mean to be an artist today?
It can mean a million different things. For me and what I do it is to create work that is intriguing enough to capture peoples imaginations.
You usually use Instagram as a platform to share your work. What do social media represent you and your works?
Instagram has been a major way for me to get my work out into the world and seen by others. I have been able to sell work and meet other artists through it. For me as an artist, this is such a wonderful tool and platform.
Your future plans?
My future plans are to have some solo shows. I have been making and selling a lot of work but I really am interested in making some larger more sculptural pieces to show.
Photos courtesy of the artist