Within my work, interior spaces are used as a documentation of introspection. Combining various objects and found imagery, the paintings explore the intersection of femininity and domesticity. Utilizing both vintage and contemporary source material, the found images bring together disparate time periods in the same way that an oft-used end table passes from one generation to the next, eventually finding its home next to a couch ordered off the internet.
The pictorial relationships, which reflect both the past and the present, are laden with time and memory. Each constructed space creates room for confusion and contemplation. Through playful patterns, furniture, and an ever-evolving collection of plants, these paintings engage with internalized expectations of traditional feminine roles as I consider my life in comparison to the women in my family who came before me. This navigation of generational history and individual experience serves as the starting point for an ongoing exploration of identity and the process of settling into one’s self.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Hannah Zimmerman is an artist and educator based in Cincinnati, Ohio. She earned her MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a BFA and BS in Art Education from Miami University. In 2020, she was awarded a 10-month artist residency at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, which culminated with a solo exhibition of her work in the summer of 2021. Her work has been shown regionally and nationally and she is currently in her seventh year of teaching visual arts at a public high school.
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