I’ve been noticing more people wearing pajamas in public, 2022. Oil, steel, fur, metal, rubber, and paper, 7 x 12 x 5 in. Photo: Courtesy the artist

Nomadic Fragments: A Conversation with Jim Condron

Jim Condron started his career in the mid-1990s as a painter, primarily of abstract works. He moved to Baltimore, Maryland, in 1995, where he attended the graduate program at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), earning an MFA in 2004. After a residency at the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation in Maine, he found himself blocked and gradually moved into sculpture. He now divides his practice between painting and three-dimensional works. As he notes on his website, his pieces “express humor, absurdity, and beauty through the combination and interaction of everyday objects, cast-off remnants, and paint.” He titles many of these works with textual fragments taken from authors as diverse as Nikolai Gogol and Anaïs Nin, a practice that adds “to the work’s rhetoric rather than naming or defining it.”

Ann Landi: How did you first get interested in art, and what was your education like?
Jim Condron:
My mother was extremely important in my development as an artist. She had six children and worked as a model and a biology teacher. She also made watercolors, and I learned to paint with her at an early age in Garden City, New York. After we moved to Connecticut, when I was 10, she enrolled me in classes at the Silvermine Art Center in New Canaan. . .

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