Tulips Close to Winter’s End

a drawing by
MICAH ZAVACKY | Printmaker + Artist

In the dead of winter, tulips became available everywhere for purchase in colors of yellow, purple, and red. “Tulips Close to Winter’s End” both represents and remembers several bunches of tulips from the beginning of winter to the very end. It was unintentional to work on a drawing from the beginning to the end of a season. Rather, I began the drawing and it died with each bouquet. To me this drawing is about rising over and over and the importance of finding the light in times most dark. I hope this image alludes to growth and perseverance that is expressed by layers of pentimento.


Music, when soft voices die,
Vibrates in the memory—
Odours, when sweet violets sicken,
Live within the sense they quicken.

Rose leaves, when the rose is dead,
Are heaped for the belovèd’s bed;
And so thy thoughts, when thou art gone,
Love itself shall slumber on.

-Percy Bysshe Shelly

Micah Zavacky
Micah Zavacky is from Dayton, Ohio where cornfields and rolling hills live just outside of the city's limits. In 2014 he received his Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree (B.F.A.) from Wright State University in printmaking. On May 13, 2017 he graduated with a Master's of Fine Arts degree (M.F.A.) in printmaking from Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois.

Micah's studio practice is rooted to directly observing the world around him. As such many of the subjects that appear in Micah's work are from his daily life: plants in vases, people at times, and the garden. Growing up, the near-yet-far natural world was an influential contrast to Dayton's urban sphere. Micah's ventures into forests and his days of lounging near lake-fronts have fostered a deep reverence for the landscape and his pursuit of it as a subject matter.

Through the act of drawing, scribing on copper, or painting from direct observation, Micah hopes the journey of making leaves an internal impression of what he has seen and experienced. The artist aims to create work that tackles the nature of perception as a universal bridge between people yet dynamic and distinct due to time, place, and individual self-hood.