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Idle Hour installation view - ZoeFriedman 2018

Idle Hour
Installation view of Idle Hour: a two channel stop motion animation that is projected large scale into the corner of two adjoining walls.

Zoe Friedman Alchemy/Chemistry

Zoe Friedman Alchemy/Chemistry
Installation view of Alchemy/Chemistry. Displayed her are two of the six large panels, each is made up of collected images of nature that are printed on paper, cut and collaged into geometric landscapes.

Nostalgia (detail) - Zoe Friedman 2017

My cats, Honeybun and Baby Tony
Detail of Nostalgia, a large scale collage made with photos from my domestic life and travel experiences.

Place in Time (video still) Zoe Friedman 2018

Place in Time
(video still) Made with stop motion animation and a real rhino, Place in Time is an animated collaged narrative of our current earthly predicament.


About Zoe

Baltimore City

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Drawn to mystical elements and methodical systems, I start by crafting objects on an intimate scale that gradually build into large, immersive installations.  I incorporate the ephemeral space like light, shadow and movement to become an integral part of the piece itself.  Using a wide range of materials, I am inspired by nature, mythology, pattern, adaptation, and how we convey what we feel to be sacred. Zoe has been a Henry Walters Traveling Fellow (2012), a Fulbright ETA Fellow (2007),... more

Large Scale Collage

Hand cut paper, laser prints

I start by building a visual archive of photos I have taken of my travels, of my pets and of plants from botanical gardens and my house. Certain photos are credit to Andrew Liang (thank you). I print them, cut them out by hand and then arrange them into new landscapes. I thoroughly enjoy the process of collaging images together. It generates connections and meaning between different elements in my life, revealing what feels like memory. ​

These two examples were made in 2015 and 2017 and are 84in x 84in. They are built in custom frames that press the collage between two pieces of glass and hang two inches off the wall to cast shadows behind them.

Various Animations

  • Idle Hour installation view

    Designed to be a two channel video installation that is projected large scale into the corner of two adjoining walls. 2018
  • Idle Hour (2 min excerpt)

    Designed to be a two channel video installation that is projected large scale into the corner of two adjoining walls. This excerpt shows both channels on a split screen. Original soundtrack was sourced from and compiled in Adobe Audition. 2018 Full video is 6 min
  • Place In Time (1 min Excerpt)

    Made with stop motion animation and footage from my visit with a real rhino, Place in Time is a collaged narrative of our current earthly predicament. Original soundtrack was sourced from and compiled in Adobe Audition. 2018 Full video is 4 min 30 seconds
  • Buena Vista

    Viewing password: letsdance This animation is a celebration of love. It was created by printing out individual frames of a video and having all my family and friends draw all over them. I recorded the sound on a trip to Mexico. 2018
  • Alchemy/Chemistry (2 min excerpt)

    How do we vacillate between our interior and exterior worlds? This video mixes live action, stop motion and hand drawn animation. Original soundtrack was sourced from and compiled in Adobe Audition. Made in 2012. Full video is 6 min
  • Belle Air (2 min Excerpt)

    Stop motion animation. Music by the band Peals (Bruce Willen and William Cashion). 2013 Full video is 5 min 09 seconds
  • Smoke

    The inside is the outside. Hand drawn animation. Made to play on an endless loop. 2011

By Land or By Sea

Drawing inspiration from traditional shadow puppets and sculptural mobiles, “By Land or By Sea” is an installation comprised of hand cut paper shapes activated by light, shadow, and motion. Friedman's use of colorful mobiles and playful figures takes on a new dimension in shadow form, illustrating an evolving story across the walls and ceilings of the gallery. Tigers and birds meander through forests, whales and fish float though the sea, and boats carrying cargo navigate the room, revealing a greater journey and pattern of migration. “By Land or By Sea” explores the connections that humans have to the natural flow of migration, instinctual survival, and the increasing need to adapt to a constantly changing environment.
18 hanging mobiles made of hand cut paper, shadows



Isolated images of nature are printed on paper and assembled to form large geometric landscapes. By photocopying found images, I reference the “infinite archive” that modern technology makes accessible at all times. Through repetition and inversion, extensive patterning reveals the hidden geometry present within organic forms.

Each panel is 8 feet tall by 7 1/2 feet wide. I print each image on regular A4 paper, then cut and assemble by hand. The paper is held in place and attached to wooden panels with nails.

Time is a Milk Bowl

This documentation tries to capture seven video projections on all four walls of the Clock Room in the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower. The band, Peals, performs a set that corresponds to the images in the middle of the room. I created four separate 30 minute videos, all stop motion animation, that are meant to be played simultaneously. This never allows the viewer to see all of the videos at once, yet keeps one more actively involved in watching and drawing connections. The music and the videos were specifically designed for the space. Bringing awareness to our relationship with time, and the ultimate ephemeral nature of all things, the event is an all-immersive art and sound installation that interacts with the industrial mechanics of the building.

Impermanence and Memory

Hand-cut paper window hanging, shaved pine cones, pine needles, stones, duck feathers, berries, glass bowl, dead bee, birch bark, lace.
This body of work was created while in residence at the Vermont Studio Center. Besides the hand-cut paper window hanging, all materials were found and collected during my month long stay, then organized into mandala-like arrangements. The patterns changed daily as I moved elements around, finding balance in opposing and fluid forms. At the end, I swept everything up and left it in piles outside.

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