Please join us for wine, cheese, and fabulous conversation as we celebrate the artwork of Elyssa Zimmerman.
About Elyssa: “To be a passionate and curious person oftentimes means that prioritizing becomes a difficult challenge. I am capable of order and rational thoughts, but it takes a great deal of time to channel this side of me. Where impulsivity in my personal life tends to be detrimental, I have found that this same impulsivity is beneficial, even cherished by others, when applied to my practice. Through image-making, I am able to accept this part of myself that is often difficult to accept outside of the studio. Because it is admissible for me to produce work in a reactive and uninhibited way, I create images that allow me to direct this chaos into collections of patterns, leading to a sense of control over my rash nature. The pace at which I work and the methodical mark-making allows me to get a “fix” of control and balance that I lack in my personal life. Subsequently, the images that appear in my work are “clipped” from the world around me, just as I see them. Similarly to how my work is created, I intend to display these pieces in one space. I see these pieces ideally being displayed in a collection of images, ultimately creating one image. This is the same thought process that occurs in my studio practice, with many of my paintings including objects that I record from the world around me in a scattered and impetuous way. My sketchbook is a collection of found images and grabbed magazine photographs, which leads to a combination of patterns and images that I arranged forthwith. Displaying these works in this manner would reflect the immediacy that exists in the process of making, which may, in turn, help the viewer understand my work in full. -Elyssa Zimmerman”