ARTIST INTERVIEW: Jeremy Rendina
Jeremy Rendina is the creator behind Margins, a line of elegant prints made using unorthodox techniques. We spoke to Jeremy about his background and creative influences.
Describe the path that led you to the work you do now. Did you take any big risks to get where you are?
I moved to New York City to attend art school after growing up in a rural Ohio town. It quickly became apparent that school was not for me. At the time I was shooting a lot of 16mm film and making handmade films by laying leaves and seaweed directly onto the film strip, then projecting them with live music. I was very interested in how patterns from nature synced up with the sound.
I came out to California following a love, looking for a slower rhythm and more sunshine. While working on a television documentary about Cults and Mind Control, the production company merged with another and I found myself without a job. I was living in a small back house on Hyperion Avenue off Sunset and wasn’t sure what to do next. Instead of looking for other work, I used the two years of unemployment to further develop an interest in printmaking and design.
What is the first memory you have of encountering art or the artistic process?
As a young kid, I wanted a Mongoose bike. This wasn’t in the budget, so my Grandfather built me a bike of his own design. Not the cool BMX that I wanted, but one with a banana seat and oversized handlebars. He made a stencil that said ‘Coyote’ and spray painted it very carefully over the chain guard. The care and craftsmanship he put into the bike felt like some kind of “art”.
What do you do, or where do you go to seek fresh ideas or renewed creative energy?
I love hunting for unusual things, especially books. It can be like meditation, rooting around for stuff. Taking an ocean swim is also a super invigorating way to get centered.
What do you hope to share with those who purchase your art and bring it intimately into their lives?
I like how objects have the ability to permeate into daily life and be used without really noticing. They can become an extension of the person. It was important for me to create a useful tool that was accessible to anyone. A calendar seemed like something practical and allowed me to explore a range of printmaking techniques. With that as a starting point, I began working on other projects with different processes and texture, eventually moving toward abstraction and more sculptural prints.
Are you inspired by the environment around you? How does the home/city/nature you live in affect your work?
Our backyard spills into National Forest land and the clear skies at night in the valley make for great star gazing. Sometimes deer come down and it’s nice to have that quiet moment with them. Last summer a bear visited, had some oranges and took a swim in the neighbors pool.