Originally from St. Louis, Angie Zielinski received her B.F.A. from Millikin University (Illinois), and M.F.A. from Bowling Green State University (Ohio). Her work has been shown nationally, including solo exhibitions in Oregon and Ohio, and group shows in Tucson, Raleigh, Detroit, Chicago, and Brooklyn. She is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.
I am captivated by the power of shiny things and loud noises. Mesmerized, I find myself wondering how explosions can be celebratory in one instance and devastating in another. My work examines the paradoxical notions of delight and distress.
With careful thought, I connect unrelated moments and memories to create imagined spaces where themes of whimsy, fragility, cause-and-effect, and spectatorship exist. Chain reactions become clear in the work, and delight and distress are conveyed through an abundance of gleaming materials and layered marks.
The tactile qualities and color of the materials I work with attract me initially, but I am also interested in their history, their everyday use, and their connection to my thematic interests. Drawing with thread is decisive—any missteps remain visible. Embroidery is traditionally a quiet activity, yet my imagery combats this calm practice by describing a contagious action, captivity, and explosions in stitched form.