Therese Zemlin

Therese Zemlin, Instructor in Art, exhibits numerous artworks that utilize inkjet prints, graphite and papers, including her three newest pieces, “Untitled Collage 3,” “Untitled Collage 4” and “Untitled Collage 5.” All three collages are designed with crumpled Japanese paper filled with varying sizes of holes that evoke a sense of a web or a fishnet. They are rendered in earthy colors of green, brown and grey that make them appear naturalistic.

Q: What are your motivations?

A: You know, when you first start out making art, you draw upon mostly outside influences. But the longer you make art, the more you build on yourself, and [you] become your own influence in a way.

Q: How long did it take you to complete these pieces?

A: To be quite honest, [I worked on the Collages] since about 1979, or at least 2004. That’s probably not the answer you’re looking for, but it’s true. Sometimes you finish something, and it takes a while before you realize you’re done. Take [Untitled Collage 3] for instance. This was knocking around my studio for quite some time. Unlike my other two collages out of the same material, there were no layers. I kept trying to add layers or an inkjet sketch to it before I realized it stood well on its own.

Q: How do you plan on how your works are going to end up?

A: I don’t. I knew that I wanted [“Untitled Collage 3” to look like a tree], but I still wasn’t sure how I wanted it to turn out. As for the others, I had no idea how they were going to look. Sometimes you just have to go along with it, and whatever you get, you get.

Q: Are there any meanings behind your collage works?

A: Whatever you make of it. I don’t like telling people what to see or what not to see, what to feel or what no to feel. Every interpretation is just as valid and true as the last, but none more so than others.

Compiled by Cameron James ; description by Sarah Lee