Ms Smiley Hubcap
Englewood, New Jersey
Irmari’s art has been exhibited in every major museum in NJ, including the Newark Museum, the New Jersey State Museum, the Morris Museum, and the Montclair Art Museum. It is in several corporate and public collections, such as AT&T, Western Electric, PSE&G, ADP, International Museum of Collage, Mexico, and the Jimmy Carter Museum. She has exhibited international and nationally, and received two New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowships in sculpture. She received a second Puffin Foundation Grant for “Who Am I?” and interactive project where the viewer becomes part of the artwork. Her “SAVED books” series has been recently shown in museums/galleries in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, and Michigan.
“I love the idea of recycling – where one thing becomes another entity – reused, reinvented. I am presently working with recycled books, turning discarded books into artworks. As the written word in book form is being transformed by technology and today’s use of the internet, it is all the more important for artist, using visual means, to increase awareness of environmental concerns and to get people thinking about recycling and reusing. My hubcap, which features paper shreds, slivers, and other recycled materials, combines the hardness and permanence of metal with the more fugitive qualities of paper.”Irmari Nacht