ARTIST INTERVIEW: Jeremy Rendina
Jeremy Rendina designed and printed his first moon phase calendar in November of 2008. His beautiful prints and frames are created by hand in Ojai, California, in accordance with sustainable printing practices. The inks used are water and soy based and Jeremy works with indigenous communities, using Fair Trade and tree-free papers when possible. He specializes in experimenting with a wide variety of hand printing techniques, materials, and color.
We spoke to him about his work and life.
What is your background and how have your past experiences fed into your art?
I grew up in rural Ohio with my grandparents. The landscape was full of earth tones and farmlands. It was a comforting sort of isolation. My parents were involved in a fringe religious movement and I was introduced to a lot of other cultures and ideas when I would visit them. Everything seemed so exotic. Worlds collided. I moved to New York City in the mid-90s for art school. I was a terrible student, dropped out, studied philosophy, and mostly hung around old poets. NYC proved to be a master class in survival. Just getting by was a degree earned. I was fortunate to meet some great people in those days who helped shape my ideas on what it meant to make things.
Do you feel that your environment feeds into work and if so, what makes your work distinctively Californian?
I do feel that California is present in what I do, both in spirit and in a very elemental way by using the ocean, wind, light, and soil in the printmaking process. Since moving to Ojai, the sun has definitely been something to be reckoned with. Sometimes I’m trying to run away from it, other times I’m trying to squeeze as much as I can from it. Working from home can be challenging and include impromptu collaborations with my 4 year old son, Weaver.
What are your top 3 studio essentials?
Ink, clarity, and sweat pants.
Just a few of Jeremy’s wonderful prints below and in our shop…