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Kathleen Zimmerman

     "My love affair with form is evident in all of my work. This passion was
appreciated throughout school eventually earning me artistic merit
scholarships as well as academic grants from the University of Hartford Art
School in West Hartford, Connecticut. There I received my fine arts degree
in studio art concentrating in sculpture and printmaking. Since then I have
worked as a monumental mold maker for Lands End Sculpture Center, a
public school art teacher and started my own studio, Zimmerman Fine Art
Studio, during the five years I resided overseas in China. I have been juried
into the membership of both the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts and
Connecticut Women Artists organizations and recently juried into
membership into the National Association of Women Artists in NYC. I have
had solo exhibitions at the University of Connecticut's Alexey von Schlippe
Gallery, Kehler Liddell Gallery and at the Nash-Zimmer Transportation
Center, which was sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts,
State of Connecticut's Office of the Arts and Windham Arts. My work has
been juried into international, national and regional group exhibitions and
I have won awards at the New Britain Museum of American Art, Mystic
Museum of Art, University of Connecticut and Guilford Art Center
     “At the beginning of my career, I received a public commission for
a life-sized cast bronze sculpture, titled Melody, that was placed in the
renowned Benson Park Sculpture Garden in Loveland, Colorado. Today I
am collaborating with Modern Multiples in Los Angeles, California,
creating a full range of serigraphs from my graphite drawings. Last year I
was chosen as one of thirty-two artists from across the nation thought to
lead the way in this new millennium in an exhibit titled: Taos Art
Insurgency: The New Protagonists. This visionary exhibition was located in
Taos, New Mexico, a major artist’s colony that has been at the forefront of
most of the major modern art movements initiated within the last 120
     “My art is the way I explore ideas concerning 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. I create my work in series’ 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. Over the years I have developed a
personal visual language that uses symbolism and surrealism to transform
my subject matter into archetypal images giving my work a mythical
quality filled with layers of meaning."
     “While I use a variety of materials, the ideas are the driving force
behind these visual statements not the materials. That is one reason why I
use graphite, clay and wood in creating the originals. They are all very
expressive without taking over. 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. Julia Pavone,
curator for the Alexey von Schlippe Gallery, described my drawings as
follows, 'Kathleen's intricate, delicately layered graphite drawings each
appear to come together to form the complex entity. As with life, each
lovely drawing is made up of so many ethereal textures, shades and
shapes that you want to look at more deeply to experience the emotions
visually laid out before you.' Thank you, Julia. I use these drawings as the
basis for my print work, which is currently digital and serigraphic. The nice
thing about printmaking is I can add contrast, color and sometimes
texture, depending on the type of printmaking method, while still retaining
the essence of the drawings. I don't want my drawings to become
painitngs or to rely on 'happy accidents' to make them interesting, thus I
use technology in an intentional manner to enhance the original thought
not to get away from it. When working three-dimensionally, I begin in clay
or wood, both materials that are very user friendly. Clay lets me form
organic shapes that are wonderful to touch while wood lets me construct
simple shapes or more complex elements to compliment and finish the
statements. I then cast and fabricate these elements into more
permanent materials, such as bronze or stone. I do this because all my
sculptures are envisioned as life-sized or large-scale work to become part
of the landscape or creating a landscape indoors. I often incorporate
water as an essential material to complete the visual statement adding
movement and life."
    “The historically important artists I most admire are; Kathe Kollwitz, a
German Expressionistic printmaker, Remedios Varo, a Mexican Surrealistic
painter, Georgia O'Keeffe, an American Modern painter, Paul Gauguin, a
French Post Impressionist painter and Brancusi, a Romanian Minimalist
sculptor. All of these very different artists have inspired me to create my
own visual language, which is accessible to others, while remaining
intimately personal. Today I find inspiration 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 remain open to my surroundings there is ample
material to insight profound thought, which leads me to creation. One of
my favorite professors told me, 'Everyone is influenced by everything they
see, read or hear so choose your influences wisely'. Thanks, Dr. Orman.
While some things may influence us more, basically I think he was right."
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Star Series-Morning and Evening (Pair) Star Series-Morning and Evening (Pair)

Star Series-Morning and Evening (Pair)

Serigraph  20x20 on paper 22.5 x 22.5
"Blockhead Series - Otters" || Kathleen Zimmerman || Serigraphic Print || 19" x 27" || $400

"Blockhead Series - Otters"

Kathleen Zimmerman || Serigraphic Print || 19" x 27" || $400
"Blockhead Series - Monkey" || Kathleen Zimmerman || Serigraphic Print || 19" x 27" || $400

"Blockhead Series - Monkey"

Kathleen Zimmerman || Serigraphic Print || 19" x 27" || $400
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