Williamsburgh Library, Art Gallery, Lower Level (branch info)
by Jaime Jiménez
Creativity in children has changed due to the fact that there are now more toys available. This is why I find it necessary to document children as much as possible while they are making toys and during their playtime.
I used to make dump trucks, matchbox cars, dollhouses, airplanes and boats that were all pieced together from materials made for mass consumption. This is the kind of work children create who are born into poor families. Those were endless days. It is fascinating to see what goes on in a child's head. The shape that their toys end-up becoming are objects and things they wish they had as the real thing.
I also find interesting the amount of commercial brand names and logos that turn up in these toys. This is evidence of an increasingly global village. Different parts of the country make different toys. It depends on the abundance of any particular material in the area. The idea is to invent anything fun.
My aim is to preserve the memories of making these wonderful creations. These toys show the hopes and dreams of the children making them. And we always remember our friends. No memory is more pleasing than that of shared curiosity.
Jaime Jiménez was born in the Dominican Republic in 1976. He left the Dominican Republic with his parents and siblings in 1985 and moved to New York City. He earned a BFA in Graphic Design and a minor in Photography from the School of Visual Arts. His work is part of the permanent collection at El Museo del Hombre Dominicano, El Museo del Barrio and is privately collected. Jaime lives in New York City with his wife and two children.