Mary Jo Karimnia
Mary Jo Karimnia, based in Memphis, Tennessee, is a mixed media artist who draws on a background of mosaic work to inform her imagery. Often referencing her own photographic snapshots, Karimnia meticulously combines drawing, painting and collaged material such as seed beads and discarded toys to create new contexts for her subjects. The figure is a central element in her work, and relationships play an important role in its content.
Karimnia exhibits regularly in group and solo exhibitions and has also completed several large scale public commissions. Her curatorial work is influenced by her affiliations with international artists and the artists she discovers through her grassroots community work in Memphis' burgeoning arts scene. Karimnia considers community arts advocacy and a cooperative spirit an important part of her practice.