HARRIET ZEITLIN BIOGRAPHY
[ Statement | Collections | Solo Exhibitions | Group Exhibitions | Professional Accomplishments ]
I have been a professional painter, printmaker, fiber artist and sculptor for fifty years. My work is characterized by the use of found objects, assemblage, social commentary and the life/death passage common to all. My early training was in the field of painting. By the 1970s I was a full time printmaker making highly embossed collagraphs. The plates were so interesting, I framed them and exhibited them as bas-relief sculpture.
In the 1980s I continued my esthetic exploration with dimensional quilts, fiber and mixed media sculpture. A trip to Egypt resulted in my Mummy Series, Boat Series and Hoisted Figures Series as metaphors for the passage from life to death.
I have always loved the ubiquitous Los Angeles palm tree. During my daily walks I picked up and dragged back to my studio the long frond and armor-like part that attaches to the trunk. These wonderful shapes and textures triggered my present work. I have created a Forest of Columns covered with natural plant and tree forms, an installation in memory of the great Hypostyle Hall at Karnak. The columns suggest Temples, sentinels, memorials, male/female embrace, sensual entwinings and evoke a mysterious other world presence.
Included are slides of my work completed in the 1990s showing vertical, elongated sculpture in the round, and most recently, my Windfall Series of spiraling, whirling, windblown, painted palm fronds presented as wall-hung bas-reliefs.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Library of Congress
Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, UCLA
Los Angeles Athletic Club
City Hall, Torrance, CA
Cedars Sinaii Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
UCLA Medical Center
United States Embassy, New Delhi, India
Child Guidance Clinic, Los Angeles, CA
SELECTED SOLO SHOWS
Art Harris Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Jaqueline Anhalt Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Weyhe Gallery New York, N.Y.
Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art, Monterey, CA
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
USIS Bicentennial Exhibit..New Delhi, Madras, Bombay, Calcutta, India
San Antonio Main Library, San Antonio, TX
Whittier College, Whittier, CA
Sonce Leroux Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Biola University, Los Angeles, CA
University of Judaism, Los Angeles, CA (two person show)
SELECTED GROUP SHOWS
160th Annual Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Phila. Pa
Laguna Museum, Downey Museum, California
Pratt Institute, New York, NY
Womanspace, Los Angeles, CA
Suzanne Gross Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA
LA Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) Annual
Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, New York, NY
American Craft Museum, Lobby Gallery, New York, NY
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Centennial Exhibition
International Fiber Society SOFA New York, NY
Screens and Totems, Molly Barnes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Big Sculpture, Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, CA
Four year scholarship Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
BFA degree from University of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Executive Board, LA Printmaking Society
Executive Board, LA County Museum of Art Graphic Arts Council
Executive Director, CETA Title V1 Art in Public Places. L.A.,CA
President, Artists for Economic Action, L.A., CA
California Arts Council Grant
City of Los Angeles Cultural Grant
Teacher of painting, printmaking and fiber art at public and private schools and colleges.
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