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Alice Zinnes
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Park Slope



ARTIST STATEMENT: For me, making art is dreaming, being open, allowing forms, space and light to flow slowly through me, like the absorption of oil into cloth. Not illustrations or literal translations, my art transforms ancient myths to mysterious worlds where the boundaries between underworld and waking earth are traversable, terror coexists with joy, and loss yields to renewal. My art pieces, inspired by The Ramayana and Ovidís Metamorphosis, are quiet landscape narratives in the guise of abstract explorations. Emotional tensions are transformed into forms emerging from light and dark, suggestions of figures in space. Beginning with myths, I hope to create epic spaces where the world at its least understandable is made concrete. I have been at the center of the anti-fracking movement since 2008, and though lyrical and semi-abstract, my art directly relates to my environmentalism. Commercialism has turned our humanity into a deadly pastiche of plastic emotions: We buy to camouflage our alienation, uncontrollably burning fossil fuels that threaten our very existence. By expressing our deepest emotions, my art is a plea that we return to our spiritual centers where we value our fellow human beings, and our needs flow with the ecological life forces of the planet.
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  • Ancestral Fire
    2015
    oil on canvas
    Made with a palette knife, this painting was inspired by the ancient India epic, The Ramayana.

  • Ancestral Fire, detail
    2015
    oil on canvas
    This image is a detail of the painting, Ancestral Fire.

  • Could It Be?
    2017
    oil on canvas
    Made with brushes and palette knives, this painting was inspired by a story told on The Moth Radio Hour, an NPR radio show where people relate poignant personal stories.

  • Emergence From Without Form
    2016
    oil on canvas
    Made with a palette knife, this painting was inspired by the ancient India epic, The Ramayana.

  • Looming Edge Of Dark
    2016
    oil on canvas
    Made with a palette knife, this painting was inspired by the ancient India epic, The Ramayana.

  • Looming Edge Of Dark, detail
    2016
    oil on canvas
    This image is a detail of the painting, Looming Edge Of Dark.

  • Why Not Her?
    2016
    oil on canvas
    Made with a palette knife, this painting was inspired by the ancient Indian epic, The Ramayana.

  • Breath of The Innocent
    2016
    oil on canvas
    Made with a palette knife, this painting was inspired by the ancient Indian epic, The Ramayana.

  • Breath of The Innocent, detail
    2016
    oil on canvas
    This image is a detail of the painting, Breath of The Innocent.

  • When The Where Was
    2017
    oil on canvas
    This painting was inspired by Ovid's The Metamorphosis.

  • Blue Mist of Why
    2016
    watercolor on archival paper
    This watercolor was inspired by Ovid's The Metamorphosis.

  • HIdden Found
    2016
    watercolor on archival paper
    This watercolor was inspired by Ovid's The Metamorphosis.

  • Air Spins over River Clouds
    2016
    watercolor on archival paper
    This watercolor was inspired by Ovid's The Metamorphosis.

  • Gently Sleeping Tumult
    2016
    watercolor on archival paper
    This watercolor was inspired by the ancient Indian epic, The Ramayana.

  • Two Becomes One
    2017
    watercolor on archival paper
    This watercolor was inspired by Ovid's The Metamorphosis.

  • Lost within The Cloud of Childhood
    2016
    watercolor on archival paper
    This watercolor was inspired by a short story by Dylan Thomas.

  • Descent of The Winter Gods
    2017
    pen & ink on paper
    This drawing was inspired by Ovid's The Metamorphosis.

  • Underneath The Air of Transcience
    2017
    pen & ink on paper
    This drawing was inspired by Ovid's Metamorphosis.

  • Breath of The Innocent (drawing)
    2016
    charcoal on tinted paper
    This drawing was inspired by the ancient Indian epic, The Ramayana.

  • Winter Sighs over Lost Lands
    2016
    charcoal on tinted paper
    This drawing was inspired by the ancient Indian epic, The Ramayana.
 








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