My art is a narrative statement of the human impact on the earth's surface. I bring to focus the juxtaposition of wild animals adapting to urban areas.
Over the past year I have included women in my paintings both as metaphor and muse exposing complacency in humanity. Their vapid, dreamy expression foretells their lack of stewardship. For my sculpture, I find inspiration walking through abandoned salvage yards in New Jersey. I sometimes include found objects in my sculptures or just photograph the abstract salvage scene. Showing fight scenes among native and non-native birds, the rush of a pack of wolves running through city streets or a bobcat roaming through an abandoned building -- all have an impact that reaches beyond the boundaries of my sculpture.
I have worked many years as a re-forester and see the devastation that can happen when things go awry with nature. I have seen animals trying to survive in the most unlikely places; birds nesting in high tension towers, salamanders making homes in beer cans, bears, coyote and bobcat roaming in urban yards -- all victims of urban sprawl, but at least they are still here. This is my inspiration.
After researching the endangered status of an animal, or stumble upon a story about climate change, I sketch my thoughts on paper and decide whether I will sculpt, etch or paint my subject. I sculpt with high-fire porcelain or stoneware from blocks of clay, adding and subtracting as I go. I use my hands, slab roller, extruder, armature, carving tools, including wood fragments or shells to create shapes and textures. The permanence of clay allows me to feel that I am immortalizing the animal and yet, I feel my sculptures are fragile and remain a delicate record of what we have with us today, but may lose tomorrow.
Tricia Zimic is an artist and storyteller, trained at the Parson's School of Design in NYC, where she studied illustration with such artists as Maurice Sendak and Frank Giorgini. Her work as an illustrator of young adult books including Nancy Drew (Simon & Schuster) and many other children’s classics prepared her for her evolution as a fine artist.
She continued with studies in ceramics at the New Jersey Center of Visual Arts in Summit and painting at the Arts Student League in NYC. Comfortable in a variety of mediums including clay, fresco, oil and watercolor, she has come to call on all these disciplines in her figurative three-dimensional sculpture, which is a natural connection between her illustration and fine art.
Originally focused on nature in the arts-and-crafts style with medieval inspiration, her work has evolved to embrace her passion for better understanding and appreciation of wildlife conservation issues.
Zimic has public and private installations around the world including Paris, New York, South Africa and New Jersey. The work includes mural installations, exhibitions in art museums including a recent solo show at the New Jersey State Museum, and has been incorporated in architectural details in residential environments. Some of these unique, one-of-a-kind bas-relief ceramics are hand-painted or jeweled; others contain gold leaf, or various colorful glazes.
Her most recent work is a narrative statement on our environmental impact that highlights the juxtaposition of native wild animals surviving in urban areas.