You can't describe how it feels to realise
Raw moments can happen on good and bad days. The best days in the studio are when you have no idea what you're walking into. The best week is when you have three days in a row and can produce three different emotions of work. The best month is when you notice that the gestures become fewer but more important, and everything feels more weighted. The best year is when you realize you are highly attuned to sensitivity and use this medium as a vehicle for the feelings at hand. Raw moments inspire Jaim to create every single day. Bring us into your world, Jaim - it's a joy.
What you choose to do as an artist can be an extremely introspective process that can void you of human contact. Sometimes, the mind is blown open through heartache. Sometimes you explore the idea of entering into an agreement with yourself. It can even be a sneak peek of some charged work to come because you have to be in a place where you feel safe, comfortable, and confident enough in the arms of the world to share. This is a beautiful insight into duality when presence is part of the co-creation.
Jaim's works are defined by personal narratives, however, the story itself often takes a backseat, and the focus is on the process. Autobiographical, sometimes chaotic, sensual, and repetitious, viewers are shown that this is how Jaim feels about the unbalanced nature of the world around him. Somewhat of an embodiment of humanity's destructive nature, partly free, open, impermanent, and attached to nothing. How this magnitude of experience translates into creating is the romance of being an artist, the romanticism behind someone creating.
Jaim found that when painting, his heightened sense of emotions settled once the energy was transferred onto a canvas. From that point, art became a form of therapy. This feeling of needing to create became perpetual and eliminated the stigma of good and bad art in his practice. Instead, asking viewers to reimagine finished artworks as expressions of emotions that reflect his tangible experiences. We all struggle and question similar things. It's part of the human experience. We all want to discover how these struggles and questions can eventually contribute to peace. Learning the language of abstraction explores the opening of the mind. The study of the subconscious is explored via abstraction. You must arrive there organically. Your body and emotions become the brush, and actions allow you to create a picture. It's cathartic and has led Jaim to understand the forces that coexist to redevelop and remold into beauty. Apply what you're feeling into something physical, and then you can let it go because it exists in something else that is not you, that is not yourself. That is the ultimate freedom.
Jaim made the 180-degree shift from being a designer to an artist while living in Los Angeles. This is where he started painting and building a lifestyle around contemporary art. He then returned to Melbourne, and during the pandemic, he dedicated his life to art, always coming back to the influences of LA, like The Broad and Jeffery Deitch.
Once Jaim dedicated his life to being an artist, that shift forced him to glue himself to the studio daily, an integral part of laying down the foundation of his work ethic. When he decided that art would be his everything, he let the lines between the work and himself dissolve.
Each piece comes with its own experience. However, art is only complete when it's out of his hands. Jaim has a regimented daily practice. The more you make painting your life, the more you heal, grow, and explore. All that time spent applying everything you are feeling day in and day out to something physical is a release.
When we're alone, we think of moments we aren't aware of. It's as though the activity of imagining actions and ideas beyond the constraints of reality is curbed. The back-and-forth exchange of humanity is one of the driving forces behind why Jaim is an artist and what supports him in turning emotion into action into a visual delight. His art is energetic and a reflection of the balance he strikes between introspection and the contemporary cultural influences from LA.
Sometimes you have to go there to come back.
Words by Amalia Mitsopoulos