Haylie Jimenez “Drive Me Crazy” Exhibition at SWIM Gallery


Haylie Jimenez “Drive Me Crazy” Exhibition

June 24–August 5, 2023

“Sight for Sore Eyes”, 2023
Glazed ceramic tile, 12″ x 12″

Parking lots and cars are the primary focus in this collection of works, “Drive Me Crazy.” Growing up in the south, there is very little infrastructure for youth to spend time together outside of an educational or personal setting; public places like parks are very few and far between. This show pays homage to the banged up used cars we would save up for and carpool in with a destination often being an empty parking lot, somewhere big enough where we can spend time in big groups with no surveillance. I have many memories of vulnerable and intimate moments with loved ones in cars, whether it’s on a road trip or in a parking lot with twenty other people present; there’s something very special about these significant moments in such transitional spaces. Feeling these moments of vulnerability, conflict, and celebration in transition has been a pivotal way of growing such incredible and tight-knit kinships for the reason that these relationships span time, space, and comfort; we find comfort amongst one another, not a set location.

Haylie Jimenez Bio
Born in Orlando and raised in rural North Georgia, Haylie later moved to Chicago to attend the School of The Art Institute of Chicago (BFA 2020). Finding BIPOC Queer community in Chicago and her long lasting relationships with friends and family in Georgia was and is a pivotal influence for her work which surrounds the importance of belonging, collective care, self expression, and moving through hardships to times of joy together within these communities. She is currently working out of Archie Bray in Helena, MT developing her ceramic drawing practice, and preparing for various duo shows with her twin sister, Sydnie Jimenez, in LA, Boston, and Miami.