Enjoy the meticulously created paper sculptures of Jaynie Crimmins, made from shredded household mail and hand sewn together. To see more of her amazing portfolio, visit her website.
Different entities drive my practice as an artist such as my Eastern European grandmother, examining what many overlook, my personal behavior and fragile marine ecosystems. These various influences are all wrapped up in the work I create from my shredded household mail.
My grandmother crocheted rugs from strips of rags. Using my shredded mail as an art medium and sewing it together pays tribute to her thriftiness and attention to her craft. The rugs she crocheted were decorative, while each garment fragment held a personal history of our family.
Most of the mail I use is generally disregarded and considered junk – yet this shredded detritus has inspired me to find both beauty and meaning in its appearance and content. Each piece of mail tells a story about why it is being mailed to me.
The goal of my work is to explore how my mail reflects who I am and how I live my life. Catalogs, solicitations, letters, financial statements are all mailed to me because I have consumed, supported or expressed interest in an object, service, cause or belief.
Sewing my shredded mail together allows the materials to lead me into a meditative process. My pieces reflect the form and function of marine ecosystems.
The work becomes a home to and a hiding place for my involvement in our culture, much the same way that marine organisms are concealed and live in their physical environment.
I was born in Brooklyn, New York. I have lived on Long Island, in New York’s Hudson Valley and Atlanta, Georgia. Currently I live in New York City with a studio in Bushwick (Brooklyn, New York). I was a public school art educator for over 20 years while raising my family in the Hudson Valley. I volunteer with Arts in Bushwick’s High School Fellows Program where I assist in providing art mentoring and workshops for High School students in the community.
My work is shown in Atlanta and the metro-Atlanta area, Manhattan, Brooklyn and the New York metropolitan area. I am honored to have been selected as an Artsy Shark featured artist.
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