Symbolic & Surreal

Kathleen Zimmerman used her graphite drawings as the basis for the creation of both digital and serigraphic prints. Intimate in size, the digital prints use rich black ink set against the pure white paper to make pure and dramatic visual statements that draw the viewer in close. While larger in scale, the serigraphic prints use thoughtfully placed touches of color to make theses visual statements into fresh and vibrant works of art that allow the viewer to stand back. Take a look at the Digital and Serigraphic Print pages and you may find the perfect print or prints to add a meaningful presence to your space.

Star Series - Evening , digital print, copyrighted by Kathleen Zimmerman

Star Series - Evening, digital print, copyrighted by Kathleen Zimmerman

Kathleen Zimmerman’s collection of digital archival prints were refined into digital images and printed in limited editions solely by her. All these lovely little jewels are printed on 8 x 10 sheets of fine art paper with archival inks whose image sizes range from 3 to 6.75 inches.

Star Series - Morning , design for serigraphic print, copyrighted by Kathleen Zimmerman

Star Series - Morning, design for serigraphic print, copyrighted by Kathleen Zimmerman

Kathleen Zimmerman’s current collection of serigraphic prints were hand printed on fine art paper with archival inks in limited editions of 24 with 2 artist proofs and 3 printers proofs signed by the artist. The image sizes range from 7 to 17 inches and designs for future editions can be seen on the two-dimensional page of this site.

National Association of Women Artists - NYC

Kathleen was inducted into the National Association of Women Artists on November 15th. She was juried into their membership on the strength of her Works on Paper earlier in the year and now it is official. Kathleen is honored to be part of this organization due to their history and current mission as stated on their website.

The Mission of the National Association of Women Artists, Inc. (NAWA) is to foster and promote awareness of, and interest in, visual art created by women in the United States.

Purpose

The Association promotes culture and education in the visual arts through exhibitions of its members’ works, educational programs, scholarships, awards, its historical archive and other appropriate means.

While encouraging contemporary and emerging artists, the Association honors and continues the long and important contribution of women to the history of American culture and art.

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 NAWA history is presented below.

To create greater opportunity for professional women artists in a male-dominated art world, on January 31, 1889, five innovative women, Anita C. Ashley, Adele Frances Bedell, Elizabeth S. Cheever, Grace Fitz-Randolph and Edith Mitchill Prellwitz met to discuss the formation of a women’s art organization. In an era when women artists were associated primarily with crafts and decorative arts, the founders of NAWA envisioned an organization which would promote higher standards for women artists and provide them with the opportunity to exhibit their work.

The history of NAWA is a testament to the strength and resilience of a group of strong women who would not accept being shut out of the art salons, galleries and art exhibitions open to male artists during the 19th century. Their founding of the organization proves that, despite adversity and discrimination – which many feel extends to this day — women are an integral and valuable part of the arts community.

From the onset, the annual exhibitions of the women’s Art Club were a great success, attracting the participation of women artists such as Mary Cassatt, Suzanne Valadon, Rosa Bonheur and Cecelia Beaux. As the organization grew, its membership included prominent artists like Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and Anna Hyatt Huntington.

Over the years the organization attracted many talented members who later achieved great recognition for their work. Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney established the Whitney Museum of Art in New York City. Anna Hyatt Huntington created the sculpture museum Brookgreen Gardens/ in South Carolina.

Many members and supporters have exhibited in major museums and have taken their rightful place among the recognized artists of their time. Louise Nevelson, Malvina Hoffman, Cleo Hartwig, Minna Citron, Nell Blaine, Dorothy Dehner, Alice Neel, Marisol, Pat Adams, Judy Chicago, Miriam Schapiro, Janet Fish and Audrey Flack, and other contemporary talented artists joined the organization making NAWA valid force in its time.

NAWA members represent all areas of the visual arts including painting, sculpture, encaustic photography, print-making,video art, installations and mixed media. The benefits of membership are many, including a substantial Awards program, the opportunity to display artwork throughout the U.S. in our Exhibitions program, and inclusion in NAWA’s Annual Catalog.

Through NAWA’s exhibitions, educational programs, events and archive, the Association fosters awareness of the monumental contribution of women to the history of American Culture and Art. The organization is inclusive and serves professional women visual artists of all backgrounds and traditions that are at least 18 years of age and U .S. citizens or permanent residents.

THE NAWA PERMANENT COLLECTION

The NAWA permanent collection was established under the leadership of Liana Moonie in 1991. Housed at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the NAWA collection contains the work of artists dating from the organization’s earliest days to the present. Parts of the collection are continually on view at the museum and special exhibitions were created under the guidance of Jeffrey Wechsler.

With a long line of very talented women artists to guide her, Kathleen hopes to continue to develop her work so it is an inspiration to future artists as historic artists’ work has been to her.

Open Studios Hartford

"Open Studio Weekend" began in 1989, formed by a handful of artists most of whom relied on the sale of artwork as their sole income. They combined efforts to promote their art and support one another. By the 5th year, the participation had grown to 50 local artists.

In 1996, Spring Open Studio Weekend was introduced and the inclusion of “visiting” artists was accepted - meaning those artists that lived outside of Hartford could join and show their work in group spaces or in corridors of various venues. That year, there were over 60 artists that came to show in a raw space under the Colt Dome. The event continued to grow with the opening of ArtSpace Hartford. It was a very exciting time for "Hartford Artists' Open Studio Weekend" drawing the attention of the media. In 2003, Artists in Real Time, Inc. (ART) was formed and received its 501(c)(3) status. The event now known as "Open Studio Hartford" is ART's major undertaking. 

Today, OSH is a free, city-wide event, now with events through the month of November, starting with a popular Group Show, Performance Art Weekend, Open Studio Weekends and After Party Reception. During Open Studios art studios, galleries, educational institutions, art-related businesses and other creative group locations will be open to the public. It is a collaboration designed to promote the local arts community, the artists themselves and their work and to bring people into the neighborhoods of our capital city for an enjoyable, educational and inspiring event. 

OSH has become an event that the artists and the public anticipate and it has grown in the past three years to over 300 artists that specialize in a range of media including painting, sculpture, murals, jewelry, pottery, fiber arts, graphic design, digital art, video, interactive installations, etc. Musicians, dancers, poets and other artists perform as well.

This year, Kathleen Zimmerman will be participating in Open Studios Hartford exhibiting her latest serigraphs. Serigraphy, also known as silk screening, screen printing or serigraph printing, is a stencil-based printing process in which ink is forced through a fine screen onto the paper beneath. Screens were originally made of silk, but they are now made of finely woven polyester or nylon. The concept of fine art printing has been popular since the 18th century, enabling artists to share their work with a broader range of admirers at a more accessible price. Since then, printmaking has evolved into another medium artists use to create artwork not just as a way to work in multiples. Silkscreen printing, also known as serigraph printing, is a medium that is increasingly valued for its versatility. It challenges the lithographic process in terms of the textural rendering of an image. Kathleen likes the fresh contemporary look this medium offers and thinks it is the perfect medium in which to add vibrant color and layering to her original drawing. Besides these benefits, the woven texture of the screen enhances their texture adding another element to these works.

Click on the above image to see all five images of Kathleen’s Universe Series.

Kathleen’s space during the Open Studios will be located on the second floor in the staff room in the historic Colt Gateway at 34 Sequassen Street on the corner of Huyshope. There she will be in attendance to talk about her work and to patrons one on one the first weekend of this event November 3rd - 4th from 11 am - 5 pm both days. All the work shown in this entry of our blog will be exhibited and for purchase during this event directly from the artist. Since all these hand-pulled prints were created in small limited editions come early.

Kathleen’s Dance Series (shown below) will also be included in the group exhibition to be held at ArtSpaceHartford Gallery at 555 Asylum Street in Hartford. They will be featured as the inspiration for a dance created and performed by Astrid Uryson and Daya Soudan. Astrid and Daya are co-founders of the Wild Angels dance company out of Deep River, CT, who perform locally as well as in NYC. This performance will occur at 3 pm before the After Party, which will be held there on November 17th from 5 - 8 pm. All the participating artists and patrons are invited to socialize as they listen to poetry & music, watch the dance performance while being treated to refreshments. It is sure to be the happening place to be so don’t miss out on the fun! For more information visit her webpage at http://openstudiohartford.com/artists?artistID=1655 .

Click on the above image to see all three images of Kathleen’s Dance Series.

Note: Kathleen’s work was shown in October at the South Gallery in Soho, NYC and she is to be inducted into the National Association of Women Artists on November 15th. She will be showing at NAWA’s gallery throughout November located at 315 West 39th Street in NYC.


Artist As...

In Kathleen's Artist Series, she uses a variety of her related works of art in three different collage/drawings to create prints showing the "Artist As" a feminist, a theorist and an environmentalist.  A line drawing of the artist standing with arms wide open represents her sensitivity to the world around her. It is used in each of the three designs to tie together the different elements of the collage as well as the three collages and to add another layer of meaning. 

Artist Series - Feminist, collage & print, copyrighted by Kathleen Zimmerman

The Artist as a feminist features her series': Truth, Rights and WoMan. All these works show the male and female relationship but from different perspectives. In Lovers the complementary aspect is highlighted, in Rights an unbalanced view and balanced view of how the sexes and nature are treated in society is visualized while in WoMan the different yet equal aspect is communicated. While equality of the sexes has been denied through most of human history, it is a fact of life.

Artist Series - Theorist, collage & print, copyrighted by Kathleen Zimmerman

The Artist as theorist features her series', Cosmic Cow and Universe. Cosmic Cow Series - Light Dark symbolizes the earth, the sky and higher consciousness. Kathleen's Universe Series are playful explorations into some theories concerning the universe/multiverse using a variety of animals to represent our reaction to these ideas. Who hasn't dreamed of scary aliens invading from afar, imagined what makes up the rings of Saturn, wondered what it would be like living in the caves of Mars, thought about when we might be drawn into the black hole that keeps our galaxy together or seen heaven when we look up at the stars? Humankind’s attempt to understand the world we find ourselves in as well as ponder the existence of a higher consciousness, has led us to study our world both through observation and thought.

The Artist as environmentalist features her series', Zoo and Global Warming. Both series' use the circular format to represent the eternal and the physical world. The Zoo Series symbolizes the connectedness of all life forms and the fact that animals are on the run for their lives. While Global Warming Series symbolizes the changes that are happening to our planet and the fact that current life forms are struggling to survive these unnaturally fast changes due to humans’ effect on the planet. Life has evolved into its current state largely on its own but now humankind is a player in how it moves forward or not.

Artists can play a vital role in society by being sensitive to what is going on around them and helping to rethink outdated ideas and harmful actions. In the Artist Series, Kathleen highlights three issues that she has dealt with in her work that are of vital importance; the need for humankind to confront sexism for what it is and acknowledge the inherent equality of the sexes, to work towards a better understanding the nature of our world including ourselves and to strive to protect the delicate balance that makes life possible.  


Cosmic Cow

     Cosmic Series was created after two inspirational events, a trip to Thailand where Kathleen encountered a lovely mud encrusted cow and a series of podcasts concerning the latest theories about the universe aired in which Kathleen listened to. The cow inspired Kathleen by its shear aesthetic beauty and by the fact that it just happened to look up at Kathleen in the most endearing way. This cow seemed to embody the warmth and tenderness that have made many cultures consider cows sacred. In Vedic literature, the cow is a symbol of abundance and fertility representing both the earth and the sky. To Hindus and Buddhists, cows symbolize patience and holiness and are considered India's most sacred animal. The podcasts inspired Kathleen by providing her with information she could grasp about the nature of light and dark matter, the relationship between space and time as well as the bazaar behavior between matter and antimatter. Both these events caused Kathleen to begin a series of drawings using the cow to communicate these three different aspects of our world. They became her Cosmic Series, using the well-known term, each titled to go along with the idea behind it. Thus LightDark, SpaceTime and MatterAntimatter came into existence.

Cosmic Series- LightDark , digital archival print, copyrighted by Kathleen Zimmerman

Cosmic Series- LightDark, digital archival print, copyrighted by Kathleen Zimmerman

     LightDark was the first of these three drawings and is shown above. It was the basis for serigraphic print that was just printed at Modern Multiples in Los Angeles, California. In both Kathleen's digital archival and serigraphic prints, she added a block of yellow ink to visually portray the notion of enlightenment that goes along with this series' overall meaning. While LightDark is a portrait; it goes beyond illustrating the particular cow that Kathleen saw but tries to capture the essence of cows in general. By the use of contrasts, waves and a variety of tones as well as the illusion to the starry night sky and the bright day sky, this work of art is meant to communicate a sense of the nature of light and dark matter that makes up our world. 

Cosmic Series - LightDark , design for serigraphic print, copyrighted by Kathleen Zimmerman

Cosmic Series - LightDark, design for serigraphic print, copyrighted by Kathleen Zimmerman

     Above is an image of the digital archival print of LightDark. The serigraphic print's image size is 14 x 18 inches centered on a piece of 22 x 26 inch Coventry Rag paper. It is too big to be scanned at Zimmerman Fine Art Studio so is not shown here but it will be in exhibition soon. We will update this post with the details of where and when. Kathleen is currently refining the scans of SpaceTime and MatterAntimatter so that she can produce serigraphs of them as well. As soon as SpaceTime and MatterAntimatter are finished we will post them on this blog.     

Cosmic Series - SpaceTime,  digital archival print, copyrighted by Kathleen Zimmerman

Cosmic Series - SpaceTime, digital archival print, copyrighted by Kathleen Zimmerman

Cosmic Series - SpaceTime,  design for serigraph, copyrighted by Kathleen Zimmerman

Cosmic Series - SpaceTime, design for serigraph, copyrighted by Kathleen Zimmerman