My shredded junk mail is scrupulously sewn or rolled together to create elaborate textural sculptures. The work interweaves a narrative about my beliefs, behaviours, values, goals. Consumer culture, the order of beauty in nature and the elevation of the overlooked converge in the surfaces of my work.
My personal and intimate pieces emerge from a meditative process that encompasses repetition, patience and persistence. I shred mail then sew and roll tiny pieces of paper. Inspiration is found in Frank Wilczek’s book, A Beautiful Question, as well as the memory of the handiwork and frugality of my grandmother’s crocheted rag rugs. Wilczek’s book describes nature’s love of harmony, balance and proportion and its production of a multitude of outcomes from very restrictive means. My grandmother’s production techniques intuited that aesthetic.
Disparate concerns influence my practice. Junk mail reflects our consumer culture where the choices are limitless. My work is modeled on the simplicity of nature–where choices are governed by basic building blocks.
The work examines my cultural habits, repurposes quotidian materials, uses symmetry and economy of form and brings the unnoticed into view. Contradictory forces connect in my work inviting others to reflect upon their cultural participation, beauty and the meaning found in the commonplace and overlooked.
Jaynie Gillman Crimmins, a Brooklyn-based artist, has been creating art from her shredded financial statements and mail since 2009. She currently works with her junk mail, which is difficult to recycle because their inks have high concentrations of heavy metals.
Elevating the ordinary and overlooked aspects of our daily existence, her intimate pieces seem to be an unexpected descendent of Mierle Laderman Ukeles’ public and socially engaged work by bringing the unnoticed into view.
Crimmins’ work is influenced by Frank Wilczek’s book, A Beautiful Question. Wilczek’s research into ancient and current scientific ideas reveals that symmetry and economy are the distinctive features of beauty in nature. Her shredded junk mail is sewn and rolled meditatively to create textural surfaces reflecting these notions.
Her work was exhibited at 2016’s “SPRING/BREAK” Art Show and at the 8th Annual Governor’s Island Art Fair. She is represented by Kibbee Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia.