Jaime Scholnick’s frieze-like collages on each side of the platform at Expo/Crenshaw Station are based on hundreds of studies and more than 11,800 photographs of the surrounding neighborhood. Progressing from dawn to night, the artist spent many hours documenting the area around the station and talking to local residents about their visions for the artwork. She also collaborated with youth through the Leimert Park–based RightWay Foundation, who contributed their photographic perspectives to the project. The colorful and abstracted street scenes developed through this process create a time capsule reflective of the vibrant spirit of the surrounding community.
“Speaking to the people of the community, getting a sense of what was important to them, was the crux of my idea and my inspiration.”
About the Artist
JAMIE SCHOLNICK explores current social and political issues through a wide range of artistic media—from repurposed packing material in large-scale installations to intimate collages and digital prints. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Sacramento, and Master of Fine Arts from Claremont Graduate University. Her multidisciplinary work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States, as well as internationally. Scholnick undertook extensive studies in papermaking during five years abroad in Japan. She has been awarded a California Community Foundation fellowship and Imadate Art Field residency from the Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo. Her public commissions include a project at the Los Angeles International Airport and a large-scale mural for the LAC+USC Restorative Care Village located on the grounds of the Keck Medical Center in Los Angeles