an unfinished retrospective, in four chapters, by
JANA ZIMMER | Attorney + Artist
At this moment, I see my life, and my artwork, not as an arc, or even as a progression, but as a Möbius strip. Themes, imperatives, lessons, and obsessions keep returning, disguised in different contexts. Things may be finished, but they are never over.
Chapter IArt and Catastrophe
I CAME TO ART late in life, and untrained, when my mother came to live with my husband and me. Both she and my father were Holocaust survivors. I abhorred the idea that my mother should end her life…
Chapter IIImages of Exile
I WAS RAISED WITH THE IDEA of Israel as a refuge state for Jews. My only trip there occurred in 1995, the era of the Oslo accords. I fell in love with Jerusalem, despite my ambivalence about the occupied territories…
Attorney + Artist
I am a semi-retired environmental lawyer, aging female, raging feminist, and doting grandmother. My creativity is inspired by politics, history, memory, and a sense of responsibility to document the past. I have had difficulty ‘integrating’ my old life as a lawyer and my newer life as an artist, except that, in both, I rely on narrative, and seek justice and documentation of truth.