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Zoe Friedman : Place in Time

Zoe Friedman Place in Time
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.

Tiger from Sentient Forest

Installation view of the tiger wall in Sentient Forest, a solo exhibition now on view at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD.

Zoe Friedman : Song of Summer

Zoe Friedman Song of Summer Enoch Pratt Library
Installation view of the site specific permanent artwork, Song of Summer, at the Enoch Pratt Library in Hampden, Baltimore, MD

Personal Mythology

Personal Mythology. View from hallway of the 1000 square foot site-specific permanent installation at Terrell Place in Washington DC. 2019

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About Zoe

Baltimore City

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Zoe Friedman is a multimedia artist passionate about making work that is accessible to a wide audience. She often exhibits outside of gallery walls, and recently completed a large site specific installation for the Hampden branch of the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore. She starts by crafting things on an intimate scale, such as hand cut paper or scenes in a stop motion, and gradually builds them into immersive installations. Her work incorporates the ephemeral space around an object, such as light,... more

Sentient Forest

Drawing on her recent experience of becoming a mother, artist Zoe Friedman has created an immersive and layered universe of flora and fauna that explores the exuberant yet mysterious forces of life. Combining drawing, illustration, hand-cut paper, digital illustration and bespoke lighting elements, Friedman’s process mirrors the simultaneous joy and complexity of existence and invites the viewer to reflect on birth and growth.

In Friedman’s work, the playful, large-scale animal forms and the overlapping bold colors and patterns framing them beckon a heightened form of sentience. Illuminated by lighting elements of the artist’s own design, the installation is a portal into Friedman’s mythology of motherhood, in which she explores the instinct and power to care, nourish and grow. The large scale of each mural within the installation conveys the artist’s understanding of love as an expansive, forceful and overwhelming emotion. Much like a forest, the individual characters and forms in Friedman’s cast are connected and form a wondrous narrative.

Sentient Forest is on view until August 2022 at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD.

  • Tiger

    96" x 96", mixed media, 2021. Installation view of Tiger in Sentient Forest. Solo exhibition on view at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD. Each piece is made with hand cut paper that is then scanned into the computer, resized, and printed large format. Bespoke lighting elements with patterns accompany each animal.
  • Tiger detail.

    Detail of tiger. Each piece is made with hand cut paper that is then scanned into the computer, resized, and printed large format. Bespoke lighting elements with patterns accompany each animal.
  • Cockatoos

    144" x 96". Mixed Media, 2021. Installation view of Cockatoos in Sentient Forest. Solo exhibition on view at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD. Each piece is made with hand cut paper that is then scanned into the computer, resized, and printed large format. Bespoke lighting elements with patterns accompany each animal.
  • Cockatoo detail

    The cockatoo face! Each piece is made with hand cut paper that is then scanned into the computer, resized, and printed large format. Bespoke lighting elements with patterns accompany each animal.
  • Alligator

    96" x 96". Mixed Media, 2021. Installation view of Alligator in Sentient Forest. Solo exhibition on view at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD. Each piece is made with hand cut paper that is then scanned into the computer, resized, and printed large format. Bespoke lighting elements with patterns accompany each animal.
  • Alligator detail

    Alligator face. Each piece is made with hand cut paper that is then scanned into the computer, resized, and printed large format. Bespoke lighting elements with patterns accompany each animal.
  • Giraffes

    132" x 168". Mixed Media. 2021. Installation view of Giraffes in Sentient Forest. Solo exhibition on view at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD. Each piece is made with hand cut paper that is then scanned into the computer, resized, and printed large format. Bespoke lighting elements with patterns accompany each animal.
  • Giraffe detail

    Giraffe faces. Each piece is made with hand cut paper that is then scanned into the computer, resized, and printed large format. Bespoke lighting elements with patterns accompany each animal.
  • View of the Atrium Gallery

    View of Atrium Gallery with Tiger, Cockatoos, and Alligator at the end of the hallway
  • Zoe Friedman: Sentient Forest

    Video made by the Academy Art Museum for the exhibition Sentient Forest

Song of Summer

This permanent site-specific installation was made for the newly renovated Enoch Pratt Free Library in Hampden, Baltimore. Made with hundreds of hand cut paper plants and animals native to the environment of  Maryland, then printed large format to cover the arc of the main space in the library. Exisiting outside a typical gallery or museum space, Song of Summer is meant to be a place of refuge for all citizens of Baltimore to come and enjoy. By focusing on the native plants and animals, the piece also draws awareness to the importance of caring for our local environment. I partnered with the Patterson Park Audubon Center and the Carrie Murray Nature Center to create fun, informative hand outs to go along with the mural piece. This project was extremely important to me because it lives in the library in my home town and is open for everyone to come and enjoy. It bridges my passion for art and education and is accessable to all.

Completed in December of 2020. Purchased with funds from the Baltimore Percent for Art Program.

  • Zoe Friedman : Song of Summer

    Zoe Friedman Song of Summer Enoch Pratt Library
    View of large-scale installation in main space in the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Hampden, Baltimore. 270" x 96", mixed media
  • Zoe Friedman : Song of Summer

    Zoe Friedman Song of Summer Enoch Pratt Library
    Detail view of grey catbirds in the large-scale installation
  • Zoe Friedman : Song of Summer

    Zoe Friedman Song of Summer Enoch Pratt Library
    Detail view of blue jay in the large installation at the Enoch Pratt Library
  • Zoe Friedman : Song of Summer

    Zoe Friedman Song of Summer Enoch Pratt Library
    Detail view of grey squirrels in the large installation at the Enoch Pratt Library in Hampden, Baltimore
  • Zoe Friedman : Song of Summer

    Zoe Friedman Song of Summer Enoch Pratt Library
    Detail view of Baltimore Orioles in the large installation at the Enoch Pratt Library in Hampden, Baltimore
  • Zoe Friedman : Song of Summer

    Zoe Friedman Song of Summer Enoch Pratt Library
    Detail view of grey tree frog in the large installation at Enoch Pratt Library in Hampden, Baltimore
  • Zoe Friedman : Song of Summer

    Zoe Friedman Song of Summer Enoch Pratt Library
    Detail view of a blue tailed skink! in the large installation at the Enoch Pratt Library in Hampden, Baltimore
  • Zoe Friedman : Song of Summer

    Zoe Friedman Song of Summer Enoch Pratt Library
    Detail view of fire flies and magnolias in the large installation at the Enoch Pratt Library in Hampden, Baltimore
  • Library Handout

    I partnered with the Patterson Park Audubon Center and the Carrie Murray Nature Center to make this fun and informative hand out to accompany the large mural piece. Viewers are invited to find each plant and animal in the artwork and learn a little about each.
  • Kids in the Library

    I love getting to see children interact directly with the art! Two kids use the handouts to search for all the animals in the mural on the wall.

Personal Mythology

This site specific installation plays with the boundaries of our interpretation of the domestic and the wild, interior and exterior space, and our digital and analogue reality. Covering 1000 square feet of space that runs through a main hallway and elevator lobby at Terrell Place in Washington DC, printed imagery pops off the wall with strategically placed light fixtures which illuminate patterns and cast shadows. Made for the FaceBook Open Arts Program in December of 2019.

Various Animations

I work with hand drawn and stop motion animation. Some are made specifically to be a part of a larger art installation, projected on multiple walls in a gallery or other space, others are screened in theaters. This is a collection of various works over the past few years.

  • 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. 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. 2018 Full video is 4 min 30 seconds
  • Buena Vista

    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)

    This video made to accompany the installation. Mix of live action, stop motion and hand drawn animation, original soundtrack. Full video is 6 min
  • Belle Air (2 min Excerpt)

    Stop motion animation. Music by the band Peals (Bruce Willen and William Cashion). Originally a multi-channel projection made for a live performance in the clock room at the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower. 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

Large Scale Collage

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. 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. 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.

  • Zoe Friedman : Nostalgia installation view

    Zoe Friedman Nostaliga
    This piece measures 84" x 84", made up of four separate framed works meant to be hung in a large diamond. 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. ​
  • Zoe Friedman Nostalgia detail

    Zoe Friedman Nostalgia
    One of the four frames that make up this large scale collage.
  • Zoe Friedman Nostalgia detail

    Zoe Friedman Nostalgia
    a detail view of the large collage
  • Zoe Friedman Nostalgia detail

    Zoe Friedman Nostalgia
    a detail view of the large collage
  • Zoe Friedman Nostalgia detail

    Zoe Friedman Nostalgia
    a detail view of the large collage
  • Zoe Friedman : WILDWOOD

    Zoe Friedman Wildwood
    WildWood is made up of four separate frames that come together as a large landscape. Hand cut paper, lace, giclee prints, pressed in glass to cast shadows. 60 in x 60 in Wildwood is a celebration of how life propagates itself and the new relationships we form to its many iterations. This body of work is made up of photos I took of both wild plants in Costa Rica, my own house plants, and pet dogs that resemble wolves. I print them, cut them out, and collage them into an imaginary landscape.
  • Zoe Friedman WildWood dogs

    Zoe Friedman Wildwood
    Two dogs sit in a magical garden. One of four frames that make up the large-scale collage.
  • Zoe Friedman WildWood Dog detail

    Zoe Friedman Wildwood
    This detail shows the individual cut pieces of paper hair and hand drawn fur on the dogs.
  • Zoe Friedman WildWood birds

    Zoe Friedman Wildwood
    Two cockatoos in the garden
  • Zoe Friedman WildWood Bird detail

    Zoe Friedman Wildwood
    This detail shows the hand drawn feathers on the cockatoo. You can also see the cast shadows of the cut paper and lace.

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

2016

Alchemy/Chemistry

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.

May 2012

Time is a Milk Bowl

Bringing awareness to our relationship with time, and the ultimate ephemeral nature of all things, Time is a Milk Bowl is an all-immersive art and sound installation that interacts with the industrial mechanics of the building. This documentation tries to capture the event in the Clock Room in the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower in 2013. The band, Peals, performs a set that corresponds to the images in the middle of the room. The four separate 30 minute videos, all stop motion animation, are projected on all four walls and play simultaneously. The music and the videos were specifically designed for the space.

Time is a Milk Bowl was re-created for Pioneer Works in New York City and at Studio 1469 in Washington, DC in 2015.

Tapestries that play with Light

I love art that can change every time you look at it. I often use light as a medium to interact with. The light may come from a window and change the work of art depending on what time of day it is, or it may come from a strategically placed source meant to illuminate the work from the back. These hanging tapestries showcase both uses of light.

I have always loved the paintings of Sandro Boticelli. I wanted to re-create a version of Primavera, or the Allegory of Spring. I divided the painting into five sections and adapted each into patterns. I then hand cut these patterns into large sheets of Tyvek. The piece is meant to hang in windows so that it can play with the light. As the day progresses, the light filters through and casts shadows across the walls and floors of the room.
Made in 2013, this piece has been exhibited  at the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower and Area 405 in Batimore, the Angel Orensanz Foundation in New York City, the WTMD radio station in Towson as part of the show Everything On It with Andrew Liang, the Modella Gallery in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and the Cade Gallery in Arnold, MD.

Pointing at the Moon is a collaged diptech that is printed and then hand cut with intricate patterns and illuminated from the back.
In 2019 both peices were exhibited in a solo exhibition at Format Art Space in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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.

Zoe's Curated Collection

This artist has not yet created a curated collection.