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Issue No. 17 - Enigma

Jaimie Warren and her toes at The Hole

Jaimie Warren: The Whoas of Female Tragedy IIThe Hole - January 10th, 2013

 

 Written and Photographed by Kyria Abrahams

Jaimie Warren at The Hole

 

Interactive Art

Zefrey

Gallery Goer

Katie Cercone and Elisa Garaa de la Huerta: The Push Pops

Cardboard Camera

Jaimie Warren

Gallery Goers

Chatting with Jaimie

Director Kathy Grayson and friend

Dog visits Jaimie Warren

Gallery Goer

Eric Schmalenberger

Emma

"Reach inside, there's candy in there."

With this dubious invitation, I am introduced to the art of Jaimie Warren... and her toes.

"Hey, now! That's not candy!" I exclaim.

"Most people are usually horrified!" she responds, clearly a little disappointed that I didn't scream.

And I immediately want to hang out with Jaimie Warren. Devilish, giggling, and encased in an enormous paper mache monster -- Warren is trapped in the corner of her own art opening.

"I wanted to be approachable," she says, "At so many of these events, you know, they are so [hoity-toity] ... the artist isn't approachable. And what if you're a kid that likes my work?"

The installation is meant as an homage to horror movies -- but not to Slither, surprisingly. Warren hasn't seen that one yet. Covered with bits of hair and fake slime, Warren is moonlighting as a nauseating buffet table. A chocolate fountain and plate of strawberries is hidden inside her (within sanitary distance of her feet, of course).

I ask Warren if the chocolates are there as a reward to the people who have just touched her toes.

"Actually, this was originally made for my show in Miami," she explains, "They wanted me to have a snack table, and I decided to do something interesting with it."

The artist herself is clearly there to have a good time, and that vibe rubs off on the visitors. People arrive wide-eyed and leave with a smile on their face.

"These are genuinely funny," said artist Zebediah Kineally, while admiring a portrait of the artist as pizza. "It's so nice to see work that is playful and honestly digesting all of pop culture."

I don't expect we'll see a trend of playing "Pat the Bunny" with artist's toes at too many openings in the near future, but perhaps Jaimie can inspire a new generation to have a little more fun with their art.

 

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