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Artist Jemima Kirke: "Acting is secondary"

Self Portrait by Jemima Kirke
Self Portrait by Jemima Kirke

Most people know Jemima Kirke as an actress in the hit HBO series Girls. However, she was an artist first. Kirke received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2008. In an interview last year, she told Vice.com:

Acting is secondary—I don’t feel like it’s going to stick around because it’s not something I want to do forever. My art has always been my top priority and I have far more experience in that field than I do in film. It’s hard to explain without sounding like a dick. I’m not that person. I’m really grateful for such enjoyable work, I just don’t feel as though I have any clout as an actor. I haven’t earned it, and I don’t intend to.

Jemima Kirke has had several exhibitions of her artwork, including a 2011 exhibition at Skylight Projects Gallery, and she participated in a 2012 exhbition at Half Gallery, both in New York City. Most recently, Gothamist reports that one of her paintings was available for sale for $8,000 at The Hole in New York City.

Lorraine by Jemima Kirke
Lorraine by Jemima Kirke

Too see more of Jemima Kirke’s artwork, visit her website http://www.jkirke.com/.

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