I love white - in particular white porcelain. Very detailed white porcelain is what excites me. I also like humorous narratives about people told through the eyes of animals.
When I created the Sins and Virtues sculpture series, I decided to use Chacma baboons to tell the story. They have expressive faces (sometimes quite lascivious), have opposable thumps (good for holding stem ware) and have the provenance of the famous Meissen monkey orchestra. Also, I think that they look great in those 16th century, wide-brimmed feathered hats. While visiting Meissen and Dresden in Germany, I fell in love with both the large and table sized porcelain animals. These porcelain tabletop sculptures mimicked what was once made of sugar and were used to stimulate dining conversation.
Animals and their worlds have always been a passion for me. Whether illustrating in children's books or sculpting in porcelain, I 'borrow' them to tell a story.
Each of my sculptures are one-of-a-kind and hand modelled. I roughly sculpt out my figure from a sketch and then deconstruct the limbs. I refine the details, hollow out each piece and reassemble the sculpture. The uniqueness of my work is in the fine details.
After recently seeing Rembrandt, Frans Hals and other Dutch masters at Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, I was inspired to create a painted body of work to compliment my sculptures. Living artists have also inspired me - Chris Antemann for her amazingly detailed porcelains, Kathy Ruttenberg for her personal style and chutzpah and Walton Ford for his sardonic and humorous animal watercolors. Johann Joachim Kandler (1706-1775) is the German sculptur that motivated me to create this series. Much of my inspiration comes from walks in nature. Animals, both domestic and wild, have always piqued my curiosity. I think we have a lot to learn from animals - they are practical, hilarious, love their offspring, conserve energy, are never obese, and emotionally honest, sexual creatures.
Tricia Zimic graduated from Parsons School of Design in N.Y.C, and further studied at the New Jersey Center of Visual Arts and The Art Students League. She continues to take workshops, always searching for the best practices in clay and painting. Tricia apprenticed under Beth Cavener Stichter in Tuscany, Italy where she perfected her clay modelling technique.
Her permanent works can be found at The New Jersey State Museum, the Morris Museum of Art and private collections throughout the United States and Europe.
Tricia is the founder and curator of The Wildflower Sculpture Park in Essex County, N.J. She lives with her husband Dr. David Segarnick on a small farm in Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania where she maintains a full-time studio practice.