Katy Zimmerman is slightly obsessed with time travel. "This is what I've been doing for the past year — painting a lot of portals and time-travel-themed work. It's going to keep going until I'm sick of it," says Zimmerman with a laugh.
The painter — who also works with fabric and plastics and has just stepped into the realm of sculpture — creates beautiful swirls of bold and pastel colors that have a celestial, inter-dimensional feel. Sometimes shadows of human figures and hands dipped in gold appear, but Zimmerman's imagery is very much dominated by the idea of a rip in time, an opening to another world where the artist envisions acts of total transformation occurring.
"Right now, [my work] is lot about exploring constant change and how people are always looking to the next thing — looking to better themselves in some way or looking to make a different choice," explains Zimmerman. "How will that choice change your life drastically? How will it change you as a person? It's about that transformation."
Zimmerman's first-ever installation, a massive "portal," is part of her new show, Egress, which opens Friday, July 8, at Goldyn. As a retailer, the boutique is known for carrying both famous-designer apparel and accessories as well as pieces and lines by up-and-comers in the field of fashion. But in the near-decade that the shop has been open, owner Vanessa Barcus has been equally committed to showcasing the work of local visual artists and musicians, fom Kristen Hatgi Sink's striking photographic portraits to Gemma Danielle's meditative geometrics.
The store's minimalist feel provides the perfect backdrop for work like Zimmerman's to shine — and along with her massive window portal piece, the artist will have several new paintings and prints on display.
The opening reception for Egress runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 8, with complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres as well as music by DJ Tattle Battle. For more information, visit Goldyn's website; to see more of Zimmerman's works in progress, visit the artist's Instagram and Etsy store.
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