ARTISTS

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Kathleen Zimmerman

America, b. 1958, Fort Collins, CO, based in Willington, CT 

About Kathleen Zimmerman

Artist's Statement


My art is the way I explore ideas concerning both day-to-day life as well as more profound ideas surrounding relationships, stages of life and culture. It is a meditative practice of sorts that helps me stop and think about the issues of our time. As I work, I find layers of meaning, both intentional and unintentional, become apparent filling me with delight and wonder. This is the magical part of creation that I find endlessly fascinating. Over the years, I have developed a personal visual language that uses symbolism and surrealism to transform my subject matter into archetypal images. I have been told that this gives my work a mythical quality making them both timely as well as timeless.


I create my work in series’, such as Cosmic, Dance, East West and Universe, so I can fully investigate each subject. The size of the series is determined by what I need to think through and what holds my interest. I often create pairs or multiple pieces within the series, which work as one work of art, such as Bear Hugs or WoMan. I add additional work to these series’ as I discover new aspects of each subject.


I seem to find inspiration for my artwork wherever I happen to be. Whether it is here in the States, or when I lived in China, or traveling in other countries: I find if I look, ideas for new work are all around me. It may be a thoughtfully crafted room in Japan or a mud-covered cow in Thailand or a delightful woodland creature in the States that sparks a new way of thinking about something.


When working two-dimensionally, I begin with graphite because there's an intimacy about a hand-drawn image, which I love. Whatever I put down on the paper is what I get. It is a real joy in being able to capture the creative act so purely. I use these drawings as the basis for my print work. The purpose of incorporating printmaking into my work is to add contrast, color and sometimes texture,

depending on the type of printmaking method, while still retaining the essence of the drawings. I have learned various types of printmaking, but my current preferred method is serigraphy and digital. While there is an immense amount of forethought involved as I create a drawing that will be used to create a print, I enjoy the challenge.


When working three-dimensionally, I begin in clay because it lets me form organic shapes that are wonderful to look at and to touch. Sculpture is not just a visual medium but tactile one as well. I think that is why I mainly use my fingers when forming the clay. It is not enough that the artwork is visually appealing, but it must be touchable as well. After I complete the clay sculpture, I make castings in bronze. Then I fabricate a wooden element to help finish the artistic statement. I like the contrast between my organic castings and my geometric constructions. They seem to balance each other out visually. Sometimes the constructions are very simple, such as in Counting Sheep, while other times it becomes quite involved as in Life.


I like working back and forth between printmaking and sculpture because they are so different yet so complementary. I think I chose these mediums because of my love of the rendered image and the object in space.



Statement on works in the VERMONT SUMMER GROUP SHOW All Mediums | All Subjects | All Art


My Universe Series looks at the Universe and our reaction to it. These playful explorations invite you to ponder the latest theories about space. Let your minds wonder as you dream of scary aliens invading from afar; imagine what makes up the rings of Saturn; consider what it would be like living in the caves of Mars; think about when we might be drawn into the black hole and create your version of heaven as you look up at the stars? When I created this series, I used a variety of animals to represent life, so I could take this journey with some not-so-scary life forms.

Each print is hand printed on Coventry Rag 290 gram paper using archival serigraphic inks in limited editions of 24 with 2 artist proofs and 3 printers proofs signed by the artist. The image size is 7 but matted and framed size is 16 x 16. 


My inspiration for my Universe Series came from the time I was living in China and listening to a series of podcasts about the latest scientific theories about space. In reaction to this, I created five related drawings that contrast simple line drawings with chaotic complex abstract passages. These were to express a laypersons understanding of these complex theories.  When I created the serigraphs, I used rich black ink against the white of the paper with just a touch of color to capture the contrast between light and dark matter with a glimmer of insight.


In Night Mare, a horse is laughing at the notion that scary aliens will invade from afar. This asks the question, are there 'aliens’ or other life forms and if there are, does it help to worry about them invading?


In Saturn Siesta, two dogs make up the rings of Saturn. This asks the question, now that we know what the rings of Saturn are made up of, does it make us long for the days of our ancestors and the stories they told to help them connect with the outer world?


In Monkey Mars, three monkeys are enjoying life in the caves of Mars. This asks the question, will life forms from Earth move to other planets and if so, will they find some sort of happiness there?


In Rabbit Hole, a couple of rabbits are calmly analyzing the situation as they watch more matter being pulled into a black hole. This asks the question, how do scientists and laypersons deal with the realities of space and the unknown?


In Milky Way, a cat sees what she wants to see when she looks up at the stars. This asks the question, are our beliefs based on anything or are they just wishful thinking?



Biography


Kathleen Zimmerman finds inspiration for her artwork wherever she happens to be. Whether it is here in the States, or when she lived in China, or traveling in other countries: she finds if she looks, ideas for new work are all around her. It may be a thoughtfully crafted room in Japan or a mud-covered cow in Thailand or a delightful woodland creature in the States that sparks a new way of thinking about something and is the catalyst for new artwork.


Kathleen Zimmerman was born in Fort Collins, Colorado, which is nestled along the front range of the Rocky Mountains. Her father was a carpenter, with a love for the outdoors. Her mother was an educator, with a love for the arts. At the early age of three, Zimmerman along with her family began spending their free time either exploring the mountains of Colorado in their 1947 Willy's jeep or in a horse pasture with their beloved Welsh pony, Mystic Prince. These experiences instilled in Zimmerman a love for the natural world and a strong bond with animals.


Kathleen Zimmerman received formal art training at the University of Hartford Art School, which helped her to develop her printmaking skills. She received hands-on training at Art Castings of Colorado and Land’s End Sculpture Center, which helped her to develop her casting skills. She uses these skills and her personal visual language to communicate ideas concerning relationships, the environmental and cultural. Elements of the natural world, especially animals, are the subject matter she uses to express these ideas.

Kathleen Zimmerman

Universe Series - Milky Way

2019 

Serigraphic print

16 x 16 in framed

$800

Kathleen Zimmerman

Universe Series - Night Mare

2019

Serigraphic print 

7 x 7 in

$800

Kathleen Zimmerman

Universe Series - Saturn Siesta

2019

Serigraphic print 

7 x 7 in

$800

Kathleen Zimmerman

Universe Series - Monkey Mars

2019

Serigraphic print

7 x 7 in

$800

Kathleen Zimmerman

Universe Series - Rabbit Hole

2019 

Serigraphic print

7 x 7 in

$800

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