Afrique

Afrique

Regina

Regina

Ancestor

Ancestor

Venetian Madonna

Venetian Madonna

Coquette

Coquette

Look

Look

Tiempo

Tiempo

I Killed Rita Hayworth

I Killed Rita Hayworth

Monarch

Monarch

Three Muses

Three Muses

About the Artist

Laura Zieman, born 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 living in San Francisco, is the inspiration for the cultural and historic references found in her collages, particularly in her portraits.

First and foremast the artist describes herself as a collector, a collector of images. The artist has amassed, over the past few decades, a large collection of ephemera depicting everything from San Francisco’s Chinatown, World War II, Paris in the 20’s, and the African Congo, to name a few.

Having studied Interior Design at the Academy of Art University the artist utilizes her keen sense of color and design in her work, resulting in a rich palette full of unexpected patterns and details.

After a brief stint in the field of Interior Design, she moved on to work with a non-profit affiliated with the National Park Service, spending 14 years overall between Alcatraz Island and the Presidio of San Francisco. It was there that she indulged her love of history, old buildings, and archival images.

An artist at heart, she tried her hand at a few different creative outlets, including interior design, jewelry design, and small scale collage creating notecards. It wasn’t until she put paint and paper to canvas that she found her true calling. Her portraits are a part of her, an obsession, referring to them as her alter-egos. Laura currently lives in Sonoma County, California.

 

About the Art

Which comes first, the image or the idea? The answer is both. At times an image will inspire a piece, and alternately an idea prompts the search for the perfect image.

For as long as I can remember it’s been all about the visual for me. Hours spent pouring through picture books and magazines, collecting vintage images through postcards and other ephemera, and just gazing at the world around me, looking for the beauty in fashion, architecture and design. A born collector, my world opened up with the advent of ebay, a collector’s dream.

My works are comprised of the ephemera collected, images found in magazines, references to history both personal and shared, and personal mementos. It was pointed out to me recently that I surround myself with images of women’s faces, typically elongated visages, strong and confident in nature. It is no surprise then that I’ve continued this obsession in my own works. I consider these portraits as my ‘alter egos’ each capturing a part of my personality in paint, paper, and miscellaneous bits and pieces that strike my fancy.