Today we’d like to introduce you to DaeJona Gordon.
Hi DaeJona, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I’ve been an artist for as long as I can remember. I’ve sifted through everything from painting and drawing to Jewelry making, and I have enjoyed every hobby or skill that I’ve encountered over the years, but about 7 years ago, I got my very first taste of digital art and photography, and I never really looked back. I picked up my first camera when I worked at a Santa Set inside 12 Oaks Mall, which was my very first job. I bought a camera the day after I shot for the first time. I felt like there was a new world that I could only see through the lens of my camera. A few months later, I took a graphic design class at my college, Wayne State University, and quickly gravitated to digital collage work.
My inspirations have evolved over the years. At first, I drew inspiration from integrating black skin and features into the cosmos and nature, but as I have grown as a person, that shifted to my own personal growth and evolution. I work hard to pour my soul into my work, and I feel like viewing it is the closest anyone can get to see how I am becoming the person I will be.
Along with making my own works, I have begun curating shows. So far, I have curated 2 shows in conjunction with Jo’s Gallery on the Avenue of Fashion, where I also work as a gallery assistant. The first was an ode to young artists in Detroit, and the second was a showcase of female presenting artists for Women’s History Month. I am currently working to independently curate shows around Detroit also, so I am very excited for the future.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back, would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
My biggest struggle is my fight with depression. I go through periods where I have trouble being creative because of my sadness, and sometimes I fear that one day I will have one of these lows and I won’t come back up.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a graphic artist and photographer specializing in digital collage work and portraits. My work is very vibrant and moody. I think I am most known for my Zodiac Collection. I sell each Zodiac Piece as a print and as a collective calendar and they are super popular at whatever pop-up or show that does. I think I am most proud of my growth over the past 7 years. I love going back and seeing the way my work has evolved. I think the way that I work so hard to stay true to myself is what sets me apart from others. When I started out, I knew that one day, I would find my tribe of people who connected with my work.
Can you talk to us about how you think about risk?
Risk-taking is one of the bravest things you could do, and I wish I had the courage to sometimes. For the entirety of my career as an artist, I have had a job, and sometimes my job would get in the way of my goals as an artist, and there are times when I wished that I could quit or cut hours to dedicate the time to working on my craft solely. I feel like I have not taken any huge risks, and I am not afraid to say that that is something that might be holding me back.
- Prints- 35.00-220.00
- Photoshoots- Varies