|Artist / Creator||Karen Zimmermann|
|Place of Publication||Tucson, Arizona|
|Process / Technique||Digital output with foil stamping|
|Structure / Binding||Perfect bound|
|Number of Pages||62 pages|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||8 x 8 x .25 inches closed|
|Edition Size||Edition of 52|
|Signed & Numbered||Signed and Numbered Edition|
52 Fifty-two (52) is a book created to define my identity through places, people, personal and historical events within a book structure. On the year of my fifty-second birthday I found myself with a group of friends exploring Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty in Utah. We each made a pact to make a book. I decided, that the book would be about where I was and where I had been. I also reflected on the significance of the number (52) and its implications. It is a narrative as the book is sequenced through the years. All family lineage is broken and the percents are touched upon as my daughter could be 52/48% Caucasian/Nuxalk (a North West Canadian Aboriginal group). This measuring, like counting, is abstract. How I deal with the subject is through an abstract narrative using collage, also a metaphor for so many countless things. —PURCHASE PRIZE AWARD!
Artist BioKaren Zimmermann is a an artist, designer, and educator. She is Professor in the University of Arizona, School of Art, Illustration & Graphic Design Division. Previously, Karen taught at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Karen has received numerous grants and awards including an Arizona Project Grant by the Arizona Commission of the Arts, UA Deans fund for Excellence, and UA Faculty Fellowship. She is an elected member on the American Institute of Graphic Art Design Education Committee and the College Book Art Association. She has shown her artwork internationally and her book work and prints are in many collections. Karen's practice includes activities in lettepress printing, writing, graphic design, and art. Her writing has been published in The Education of a Graphic Designer, The Education of an E Designer,The Education of a Motion Designer", JAB (Journal of Artists' Books), Design Education in Progress: Methodology and Process, American Institute of Graphic Arts, Zed and Inform. Her artwork examines the relationship between art, design, culture, and technology within the context of the environment. More recently her research has produced visual works that examine, compare, and contrast visual and typographic signs in public and private spaces from both sides of the Arizona/Mexico border. Karen received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University.