Jaynie Crimmins’s Work
Jaynie Gillman Crimmins, a Brooklyn based artist, creates alternative narratives from quotidian materials. Her work has been shown at ART on PAPER NYC; and exhibited at the Sharjah Museum of Art during the Islamic Arts Festival in the United Arab Emirates; SPRING/BREAK Art Show, NYC; Governor’s Island Art Fair, NYC; the National Museum of Romanian Literature in addition to museums throughout the United States including the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary, VA; Hunterdon Art Museum, NJ; Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw State University, GA.
Crimmins has a long history of community work, currently volunteering in the Guggenheim Museum’s Learning Through Art Program. She holds two degrees in Art Education – a BS from the State University College at Buffalo and MA from the College of New Rochelle, with a minor in Art Therapy. She is represented by K. Imperial Fine Art, San Francisco, CA and shows with Thomas Deans Fine Art in Atlanta, GA.
She fabricates objects with meticulous handmade details that contrast with the banality of their materials. By repurposing solicitations, safety envelopes, and catalogs that are difficult to recycle (because their inks have high concentrations of heavy metals), her work explores consumerism and waste through a repetitive practice mirroring domestic tasks. Shredding these marketing tools breaks down their physical and ascribed composition so I can roll, fold, sew and fabricate the shreds into intimate sculptural reliefs. Process, surface and texture reshape formulaic messages into forms based upon impressions from recollections and observations. Conventional, impersonal messages become personal, domestic and cultural narratives.