About the Artist
Laura Zieman, collage artist, born in 1961, is a 2nd generation American, and native San Franciscan. Her Italian, German, and Mexican heritage, as well as the many ethnicities exposed to while growing up in San Francisco, has provided inspiration for the cultural and historic references found in her collages. Additionally, fashion and design are also strong themes throughout her work, creating a mix of modern stylings and vintage references.
The artist describes herself as a collector of images. She has been searching out vintage and antique ephemera for the past few decades. These collected bits of paper help to put on canvas the visual imagery of her creative mind.
New to the world of collage art, she experimented with different forms of creative outlets throughout her life, until she found her niche, uniquely expressing herself with paint and paper.
The artist currently creates and resides in San Francisco.
About the Art
“Which comes first, the image or the idea? The answer is both. At times the image will inspire an idea, and alternately an idea will prompt the search for the perfect image.
For as long as I can remember it’s been about the ‘visual’ for me. Hours spent pouring through picture books and magazines, collecting vintage postcards and ephemera, and studying the faces and places around me.
It was pointed out to me recently that I surround myself with captivating images of women’s faces, strong and confident in nature. Deeply influenced by the works of portrait artists throughout history, I consider these pieces to be my ‘alter-egos’, each capturing an intimate part of my personality, a moment in time, a reflection of my inner-feelings.
Thank you for taking a moment to step into my world…”
~ Laura Zieman