Jaynie Crimmins fabricates objects with meticulous handmade details that contrast with the banality of their materials. She repurposes solicitations, safety envelopes, and catalogs that are difficult to recycle because their inks often have high concentrations of heavy metals. Shredding these papers, she rolls, folds, sews, and fabricates the shreds into intimate sculptural reliefs. Process, surface and texture reshape formulaic messages into forms based upson impressions from recollections and observations. Conventional, impersonal messages become personal, domestic and cultural narratives.
"Nothing seemed to make it into the trash in the apartment of my Eastern European grandparents. Discarded clothing became crocheted rugs. Old curtains became aprons. Leftovers became the ingredients for new meals. Nothing was wasted, everything possible was reused. Castoff items became novel and new. This power of transformation drives my practice." --Jaynie Crimmins
Crimmins is a New York City-based artist whose work has been shown at ART on PAPER NYC; and exhibited at the Sharjah Museum of Art in the United Arab Emirates; SPRING/BREAK Art Show, NYC; Governor’s Island Art Fair, NYC; and the National Museum of Romanian Literature, in addition to museums throughout the United States.