Kathleen Zimmerman

www.kathleen-zimmerman-artist.com

Artist Biography

“My love affair with form is evident in all of my work, which earned me artistic merit scholarships and 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 exhibited widely including Solo exhibitions at the University of Connecticut’s Alexey von Schlippe Gallery, Kehler Liddell Gallery in New Haven 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. I have become an elected member of the National Association of Women Artists, Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts and Connecticut Women Artists. I have been juried into numerous group exhibitions which were located at the University of Connecticut’s Jorgenson Gallery, New Britain Museum of American Art, Mystic Museum of Art and Benson Park Sculpture Garden among other respected galleries. I have won awards at all these places and notably a public commission for a life sized cast bronze sculpture titled Melody that was placed in the renowned Benson Sculpture Garden in Loveland, Colorado. Additionally, the master printers at Modern Multiples in Los Angeles, California have collected a full range of my serigraphs.”

“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 issues that are of interest to me. The act of creating forces me to slow down and think through an idea. 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’, such as Cosmic Cow, Dance, East West and Space, 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.”

“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. These very different artists all 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 for thought, which leads me to creation. One of my favorite sayings is, ‘Everyone is influenced by everything they see, read or hear so choose your influences wisely’. “

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