Remember

My new exhibition explores archetypes of femininity

at Mariposa Gallery
3500 Central Ave SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

December 6, 2013-January 2, 2014.

The exhibition, titled “remembering who we are: redivining the feminine dream” features a photographic study of the sacred feminine. The opening meet-the-artist reception is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, December 6, 2013. I’ll also attend the annual Nob Hill Shop ‘n’ Stroll on Saturday, December 7, 2013.

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In addition, the following day, Saturday, the 7th of December, I will be performing with a dear friend, Nell Weatherwax in

‘Redivining Each Other’
a spirited multi-media storytelling hour starring Kyle Zimmerman and Nell Weatherwax

Saturday, December 7,  3:30pm
Aux Dog Theater
3011 Monte Vista Blvd NE,
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Tickets : Donations at door
(a portion of the proceeds to benefit a local women’s needs organization)

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Springing from our desire to encourage the divine,
to lift, hold and carry one another,
‘Redivining Each Other’ calls us to shine our brightest lights.

Images not shown in the concurrent exhibit
accompanied by true stories told live by two women held by each other through the years.

Remembering Who We Are- Redivining the Feminine Dream-

 

I have been working on this collection of work for a year now. It began with my icons, I called them the Goddesses and then the Arcana. I gathered a group of women in one place and with a ferocious intensity, the group of mere mortals came into their power.

My parameters were simple. Women and nature. The elements. The forces of the feminine that are not always qualified as female. Like intellect, creation, wisdom…

The Elements

EARTH: The strong poses came first, these first images were very determined ideas,  my desire to celebrate the ways the feminine is one with nature, and to explore the ways we define femininity. Born out of a desire for collaboration and spontineity,  I spent time afterward sharing them with people and found that they acted as a mirror …

AIR:  I believe that my artistic strength and the qualities I value in myself are non-perfectionism and my trust in the magic of random actions.then months of inner work on my part, rolling around the need to communicate the vitality, the movement the ways that these qualities manifest in our everyday lives.

FIRE:  The silks were shot in a spirit of magical alchemy. Double and triple exposures in camera with minimal post processing of the figures.

WATER: This narrative is emotionally charged and wrestled out of my unconscious with love and and attempt to heal.

I am honored to work with incredible artists.

I could not have made this collection without the help of my friends, Christine Longthorp, a local floral artist and the makeup team of Rebekah Wiggins, to Cynthia Sousa- Sparks for holding space, the assistance and inspiration of my teammate, Max Woltman and the gentle support of Kate Livingston. My husband, Shane Harley for the days and months of holding me, inspiring and encouraging me while I birthed this project. And for Pat and Barbara Carr, whose printing mastery and wisdom kept me grounded. And of course, the goddesses, the women who leapt and spun and gave everything for the spirit of all of us. Thank you Goddesses.

Janet Woltman
Anna Woltman
Lava Buckley
Jessica Bell-Cast
Melissa Salazar
Ali Stout
Julie England Morris
Katie Mitchell
Nykia Allen

All my love.

,The press release for this show follows:

Albuquerque, N.M. Noted Albuquerque photographer Kyle Zimmerman’s new exhibition explores archetypes of femininity at Mariposa Gallery, December 6, 2013-January 2, 2014. The exhibition, titled “remembering who we are: redivining the feminine dream,” features a photographic study of the sacred feminine. The opening meet-the-artist reception is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, December 6, 2013. The artist will also attend the annual Nob Hill Shop ‘n’ Stroll on Saturday, December 7, 2013.

“In my work, I am paid to make beautiful photographs of people,” says Zimmerman. “Many of my subjects, mostly women, do not feel this way. One of my gifts is to help people connect with their true, authentic selves. In effect, I’m reminding them of what is already there; we are perfect in our imperfection, beautiful an enough, just the way we are. The story I’m telling here is one of our connection to nature and the range of the divine feminine in all of us.”

These images of female nudes joined with the elements–air, earth, fire, water–are printed on paper, wood, glass and silk and accompanied by a QR code-accessed multi-media presentation. The series represents the connection all people have with the divine feminine.

The show is grounded by the “icons.” These images were made to remind us of our saints, our goddesses, our mothers. These images are an intentional portrayal of the ways the feminine rules. Over a year, Zimmerman photographed the women again, using in-camera multiple exposures and random techniques as a way of celebrating the range of our strengths and struggles.

Zimmerman used her empathic ability to elicit and capture unsuppressed expressions of the inner strengths and vulnerabilities at the core of the feminine.

“I want the viewer to experience how there is more than one way of seeing ourselves. I’ll feel that I’ve succeeded if the work gets people talking. I offer these stories to act as a reminder, a totem, a talisman of the beauty that lives within us all,” she says.

Mariposa Gallery is located at 3500 Central Avenue SE (southwest corner of Central and Amherst SE). The exhibition opens on Friday, December 6, from 5 – 8 pm with an additional artist reception as part of the annual Nob Hill Shop ‘n’ Stroll event, the next day, Saturday, December 7 from 5 – 8 p.m. The exhibition continues through January 2, 2014.

For more information about the exhibition, Kyle Zimmerman Photography, and its services, call 505-232-6986 or visit kylezimmermanphotography.com/remembering. Photos attached, and available at this link: http://kylezimmermanphotography.com/images-for-rem…ho-we-are-show/

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