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Tricia Zimic, Nature/Nurture Installation, "Greed”, 2016  & "Tiger Trade", 2018.


We continue our series of news and stories about the twelve women artists in Nature/Nurture focusing on Tricia Zimic. We first met in the fall of 2018, as she arrived for a workshop at ProjectArt  given by master figural sculptor, Sergei Isupov. Known as an accomplished painter, Zimic was inspired to work in porcelain after a visit to Dresden and the massive Meissen menagerie. Further research and visits to the extraordinary collections at the MFA Boston and Wadsworth Atheneum led to Sins & Virtues, a series of related paintings and porcelain sculpture. The series draws inspiration from Meissen's Monkey Orchestra, satirical figurines of fashionably dressed monkeys imitating human behavior. Zimic uses this tradition of anthropomorphism to deliver contemporary social commentary from a female perspective. Selected works from the series are introduced in Nature/Nurture and featured online in an exclusive on ARTSY.

news & stories series

NATURE/NURTURE | Group Show of 12 Women Artists
LESLIE FERRIN | Director Notes | Nature of Nurturing
CRISTINA CORDOVA | Nature/Nurture | PBS Craft in America - Identity
LAUREN MABRY | Nature/Nurture | Cylinders & Flow Blocks
CRYSTAL MOREY | Nature/Nurture | Museum Acquisitions
ANINA MAJOR | Nature/Nurture | No Vacancy In Paradise
MARA SUPERIOR | Nature/Nurture | Museum Acquisitions


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Nature/Nurture is a group exhibition of twelve contemporary female artists invited to explore the influence of gender and its impact on their practice. The exhibition explores these ideas that range from direct interpretations of the natural world to more abstract notions, such as the construction of gender and the endowed role of women within their personal and professional careers. Works in clay range in form from individual vessels to composed still lifes and figural and abstract sculpture. This exhibition is closed until MASS MoCA reopens their galleries.


Nature/Nurture at Ferrin Contemporary
Left and Front images Tricia Zimic, Background Left to Right Giselle Hicks, Lauren Mabry photo: John Polak
ON NURTURE | Tricia Zimic

My porcelain sculpture series “Sins & Virtues” harkens back to the original Meissen masterworks by Johann Joachim Kändler, when men were the only artists recognized and producing great works. My work is the contemporary female extension of the Meissen heritage with a sensual touch. The "Seven Deadly Sins" and "Virtues" series are a timeless quest for all storytellers, but women have been the primary vessels for passing stories down from one generation to another. Having started originally as a book illustrator, telling a story in clay not only comes naturally to me, but is a tradition and a legacy.

TRICIA ZIMIC from the studio
"Animals have always been a passion for me. We have a lot to learn from them; they are practical, hilarious, love their offspring, conserve energy, are never obese, and emotionally honest creatures. Whether illustrating children’s books or sculpting in porcelain, I use animals to tell stories. Each of my sculptures are one-of-a-kind and hand-modeled. I roughly sculpt my figure from a sketch and then deconstruct the limbs, refine the details, hollow out each piece, and reassemble the sculpture. It seems like a lot of work, but in the end, it’s the only way I found that works for me and provides uniqueness through the fine details." - Tricia Zimic
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5 Must-See Ceramics Shows You Can View Online
While galleries have temporarily closed worldwide due to COVID-19, we can still get inspired by the work of contemporary artists. As part of Artsy’s Art Keeps Going campaign, we’re featuring exhibitions that you can access via Artsy, with insights from the artists and our writers. This week, we’re sharing a selection of shows featuring ceramics at galleries from Los Angeles to Helsinki.

Sins & Virtues, selected works from the full series of fourteen figures and paintings are presented in an online exhibition on the ARTSY online platform.

"It was difficult to show kindness without showing its opposite. Here, a beautifully dressed wealthy gentleman is rescuing a baby parrot after its mother met her end."

Click HERE to view on ARTSY.

Kindness, 2019, porcelain, granite pedestal, 14.25" h
TRICIA ZIMIC: Sins & Virtues
30 page catalog with insights into Tricia's series "Sins & Virtues", her process, and her sources and influences. 

"Artists have been creating stories in clay for centuries. The Chinese discovered porcelain in 25-220 AD during the Han dynasty. It wasn’t until 1708 when Germany first introduced porcelain to Europe. As the story goes, the king of Poland and the Prince of Saxony commissioned a research project to bring porcelain (aka “ white gold ”) from China to the Western World. This created a revolution in both functional wear and sculpture..."

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MFA Boston | Meissen "Menagerie"

Tricia Zimic began working in ceramics after a trip to Dresden, Germany and discovering the Meissen "Menagerie". Here in the USA, there is an astounding collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. You can see what she saw when she went for a visit with senior curator of decorative arts, Thomas Michie. Watch and listen along as curatorial research fellow, Courtney Harris gives a tour of the porcelain animals and birds created at the Meissen manufactory in the 1730s and discusses one of the most ambitious commissions in the history of European ceramics.

Learn more from about the Meissen "Menagerie" at the MFA Boston HERE.

@triciazimic ON INSTAGRAM
"I am truly honored and thrilled to be included in this all-woman show called Nature/Nurture @ferrincontemporary. Next week all 12 artists will be included in the MUST SEE (!)  @artsy online exhibit and sale.  ❤️❤️❤️❤️ sending love to all the hard-working artists! 
#artsy #ferrincontemporary #artduringcovid19  #womanartist #massmoca #womansculptor #porcelainsculpture #meißen

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(b. 1957, Glen Cove, NY, lives and works in Upper Black Eddy, PA)

Tricia Zimic’s highly detailed works in white porcelain are humorous reflections on the lives and experiences of animals. Each sculpture is one-of-a-kind and hand-modelled, drawing from historic Meissen porcelain ware to address notions of sins & virtues. As an artist and conservationist, Zimic highlights the natural world—animals as well as the environments surrounding them. Her work remarks on the devastation of urban sprawl and the threat to wild creatures in their habitats.

Zimic’s sculpture has been acquired by the New Jersey State Museum, (Trenton, NJ), the Morris Museum, (Morristown, NJ), and private collections throughout the United States and Europe. Zimic is the founder and curator of the Wildflower Sculpture Park, (South Orange, NJ). She completed her undergraduate degree at the Parsons School of Design followed by further study at the New Jersey Center of Visual Arts and the Art Students League.

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