Be like WAX. Resilient, yet malleable.

"All it takes to change the world is to pluck a single blade of grass, make a single person smile... it truly is a lot more simple than we think. We think that in order to make an impact we need to make a huge organization or donate millions of dollars to a cause, but that’s thinking in extremes… That's why WAX has become such a large part of my brand - it represents me, and other humans, and nature in general. We are malleable, yet oh so resilient. And that is how we survive and adapt. By allowing change, but never losing sight of what matters and who we are. We are such a broken society, focusing so much on the physical and what others think of us.  That’s why I’m such a big promoter of self-expression - you can not change a society without first accepting and understanding it’s members.``

-WAX

 

Jessi Harris (who also goes by her nickname, Wax) is a 25 year old self-taught artist based in South Florida.  Although always a creative, she went through her fair share of trials before learning to express and heal herself through the artistic process.  As someone who is constantly struggling mentally (depression, anxiety, BPD, and ADHD) and had a past of self destructive tendencies, addiction, and homelessness, all of her art is created through therapeutic methods and even provides a cathartic effect through the eyes of the observer. Much of her art highlights the devastating effects of mental illness, while also maintaining a glimmer of positivity and hope despite the darkness of today's current events.

Although WAX has only been in the art scene for 3 years, she has rapidly gained followers in Florida, and has already been a two time show-caser for Art Basel (2018, 2019), plus has her work up all around south Florida, as well as Minneapolis, NYC, and more.  She hopes to spread awareness about conscious living, creating a safe place for people to express themselves, accept diversity, and learn about each other and their environment.  The newly fledged artist uses vivid colors and bold, blocky shapes to form introspective and sometimes shocking portrayals of her world view.   As she continues to create, much of her work has begun to pick up a nostalgic, “90’s Babies” playful vibe with underlying, darker motifs hinting towards childhood traumas, sexual healing, and the evolution of self (noticeable especially in her self-portraits).

Currently, WAX continues to make giant abstract paintings, eye-opening portraits, and one of a kind earrings, as well as up-cycled leather jackets, shoes, and installations made of recycled plastics - all in her eccentric "idgaf" style. Some of her other motivations include the celebration of the individual role, color therapy, and sensory works of art, where she intends to design hand’s on digital and physical pieces that allow for a multi-faceted, therapeutic experience and trigger the awareness of the effects of even the smallest actions, and the importance of the individual's impact on the world.

As an artist with an innovative mind, she hopes to make enough money to structure a non-profit organization that uses large scale art projects to teach life, coping, self-love, and entrepreneurship skills to those undergoing recovery for addiction and homelessness. She also plans on developing a team to organize sustainable innovations both in and out of the art world. Every share, like, and purchase helps support this young artist, her incredible pup, Finn, and her dream to change and inspire the world one person and painting at a time.

 

Love yourself at every chance you get!