Meet the Artist: Mary Jo Karimnia

Meet Memphis 2020 artist Mary Jo Karimnia. Karimnia is an artist, arts administrator, curator, and arts activist. She currently works as the Residency Manager for Crosstown Arts and is passionate about community arts advocacy.  Combining feminine imagery and traditionally feminine methods, her mixed media creations are formed from diverse materials such as paper, fabrics, and beads.  

Incorporating imagery from her own photographs, Karimnia’s figurative works are cropped in interesting ways in order to spotlight certain details that might be secondary elements in more traditional compositions. In Azure Passage, delicate seed beads are glued to a wood panel base to convey the folds and texture of an anonymous woman’s elegant dress. In addition to adding a palpable texture and a light-catching shine, Karimnia expertly uses beads in different shades of blue to convey the shadows and highlights of the subject’s lavish ensemble.  She intentionally excludes the faces of figures, choosing instead to focus on costume as a means of experimenting with different personas. 

Mary Jo Karimnia, Azure Passage, 2018. Mixed media with seed beads. Courtesy of the artist. 

Posted by Kristen Rambo at 7:30 AM
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