Pushing Paper is a compilation of works on a wide variety of paper, in multiple forms and layers. While earning my Bachelor of Fine Arts at Savannah College of Art and Design, I fell in love with the diversity and adaptability of paper. Employing a diverse range of mediums, the goal to expand my knowledge on the substrate extended out to the subject matter that inhabits this series.
The origin of “Pushing Paper” began with an emphasis on simplicity, while pushing the medium, substrate, and my artistry to the fullest extent. Early concepts of the series revolved around Earthly topics, with a focus on botanical studies. The first piece in this concentrated body of work titled “Calla Lily Energy” utilizes acrylics, color pencils, watercolor, and oil, a mixed media artwork on an otherwise unusable piece of paper. Recycling materials as much as possible became a major focus during the creation of this body of work. Many of the frames, canvases, and paper have past lives, now they are reborn. As my career progresses, I feel the utmost necessity to create without causing unnecessary harm to our planet.
Deeper into the series, the viewer will find themselves ascending from earthly topics. The fifth piece, “The Factory”, epitomizes my personal desire to grow by using imagery to convey ideas that are larger and insightful, never seen before in my work. From the ground up, expanding to the stars, this linear visual journey takes the viewer from conception to transcendence.
As Pushing Paper evolved, my later works explore theories revolving around space, time, and our place in the universe.
- Greg Crimmins, 2021