Recession Inspires Artist Jaynie Crimmins to Create with Shredded Paper and Beeswax

October 9, 2009 / No Comments

Spiraling Costs Crimmins Recession Inspires Artist Jaynie Crimmins to Create with Shredded Paper and Beeswax

"Spiraling Costs," Paper and Beeswax, 16 in. x16 in. (4 in. deep)

Ever get so frustrated with the current economic downturn that you simply want to rip your financial documents to shreds?

Artist Jaynie Crimmins did.

And then she added some beeswax… ultimately creating a new series of multi-media works that she calls “Home Economics.”

“The series addresses the recession, which has impacted our lives both financially and psychologically,” Crimmins explains. “Created from my recycled financial documents, these repetitive, meticulous and obsessive compositions spiral out of a central point.”

spiraling costs detail Crimmins Recession Inspires Artist Jaynie Crimmins to Create with Shredded Paper and Beeswax

"Spiraling Costs," in detail

Crimmins, who has been working with found and relinquished materials since 2003, sees her work as an opportunity to re-think the ordinary.

"Buried by the Bank 1," Paper and Beeswax, 8x8 in. (approx. 2 1/2” deep)

"Buried by the Bank 1," Paper and Beeswax, 8 in. x 8 in. (2 1/2” deep)

“My work utilizes reclaimed materials in a personalized and intimate way with the hope of expressing universally experienced themes,” the Atlanta-based artist says. “Fragmenting these elements and using beeswax helps to “immortalize” and transform these materials by reconfiguring the commonplace, reusing the unusable, as well as honoring the stuff of everyday lives.”

 "Buried by the Bank 2," Paper and Beeswax, 8 in. x 8 in. (2 1/2” deep)

"Buried by the Bank 2," Paper and Beeswax, 8 in. x 8 in. (2 1/2” deep)

“Spiraling Costs” will be on exhibit at “ReMade,” an art show celebrating the inventive use of recycled, reclaimed, or renewable materials, sponsored by “g” Green Design Center, in Mashpee, MA, from October 9 through November 30.

You can see more of Crimmins’ extensive portfolio at her website: www.jayniecrimmins.com
Contact her directly at:  jgcrimmins@gmail.com

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