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Jaguar Jonze ‘Rising Sun’ : Multi-dimensional creative that uses art to confront shame and taboos.

Jaguar Jonze

Jaguar Jonze’s (Deena Lynch) debut EP ‘Diamonds & Liquid Gold’ includes previously released singles ‘Rabbit Hole’, ‘Beijing Baby’, ‘You Got Left Behind’ and “’Kill Me With Your Love’ – as well title track ‘Diamonds & Liquid Gold’ and EP ‘Rising Sun’. The EP is the musical output of a multi-dimensional creative that uses art to confront shame and taboos. Known for her adjacent projects – the narrative illustrations of Spectator Jonze and gender-subverting photography of Dusky Jonze – as Jaguar.

Explains Deena: “Everything I do stems from the need for dialogue – Jaguar being an internal dialogue with my subconscious, Spectator being an external dialogue with others on mental health and the mind and Dusky being a dialogue with the body.”

The visual art project is based on mental health. Deena interviews each subject on what they’re willing to share, breaking the stigma around mental health. The photo project is similar except it’s more to do with masculinity, femininity, insecurities and taboos around the body – they’re all nude shoots usually shot in their safe spaces. The project started off with Deena just shooting male photographers and flipping the lens onto them as they break down the structures of toxic masculinity, but it’s kind of evolved since then. In the past, she had been a super guarded, but recently found herself becoming more of a mental health advocate and slowly, but surely talking about her own struggles and experiences.

“Everything I do stems from the need for dialogue – Jaguar being an internal dialogue with my subconscious, Spectator being an external dialogue with others on mental health and the mind and Dusky being a dialogue with the body.”

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