About this piece:
Fifty-two (52) is a book created to define my identity through places, people, personal and historical events within a book structure. On the year of my fifty-second birthday I found myself with a group of friends exploring Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty in Utah. We each made a pact to make a book. I decided, that the book would be about where I was and where I had been. I also reflected on the significance of the number (52) and its implications. It is a narrative as the book is sequenced through the years. All family lineage is broken and the percents are touched upon as my daughter could be 52/48% Caucasian/Nuxalk (a North West Canadian Aboriginal group). This measuring, like counting, is abstract. How I deal with the subject is through an abstract narrative using collage, also a metaphor for so many countless things.
About the artist:
Lives and works in Tucson, Arizona, United States
Karen Zimmermann is a an artist, designer, and educator. She is Professor in the University of Arizona, School of Art, Illustration & Graphic Design Division. Previously, Karen taught at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Karen has received numerous grants and awards including an Arizona Project Grant by the Arizona Commission of the Arts, UA Deans fund for Excellence, and UA Faculty Fellowship. She is an elected member on the American Institute of Graphic Art Design Education Committee and the College Book Art Association.