Mary Jo Karimnia, working in a larger scale.
Mary Jo Karimnia, Biography
Mary Jo Karimnia works in a variety of media, building up images from smaller pieces in a mosaic-like fashion using traditional and non-traditional materials like seed beads or discarded toys. She grew up in Detroit, earned her BFA from Stephen F Austin State University in Texas and moved to Memphis in the 1990s to raise her family and reassert her arts lifestyle. Karimnia's early drawings and paintings were intuitive in an Abstract Expressionist fashion and spontaneity remains an important component, even in the more meticulous pieces. The figure is a strong presence and relationships play an important role in the content. Her work is luscious in line quality, color and use of media.
Karimnia showed with Lisa Kurts Gallery in Memphis and exhibits regularly in group and solo settings. She curates artwork on a grassroots and a more professional level and is influenced by global artists through her travels and affiliations with artists from Bolivia. She considers community arts advocacy and a cooperative spirit an important part of her practice.
ArtsAccelerator 2013 Project
This project will help my studio practice by enabling me to develop ideas and techniques on a larger scale. Working at a larger scale takes a certain skill set and I expect the development of these skills to have an impact on all my work. I have several series of concurrent work in process in my studio, all overlapping to some degree. This particular series stands out in terms of aesthetic strength and potential for enlargement. Completion of this series would impact my career by allowing me to approach galleries and show places with a more mature body of work to solicit shows and ultimately regular representation.
I am thrilled to be among the first recipients of the ArtsAccelerator Grant. This grant mirrors and supports the increased energy and expectancy in the the local art scene. I feel this ripeness in my personal career. Individual artist grants are an essential component of our emergence into the greater scene.