As both an artist and conservationist, Tricia Zimic‘s work focuses not only on the native wild animals, but also the urban environments surrounding them. Zimic’s art works to speak to its viewers about the devastation of urban sprawl can cause and just how much it affects the natural habitats of the animals. Zimic graduated from Parson’s School of Design in New York City, and then continued to train as an artist. She strives to become a storyteller in order for her work to come alive. She previousl worked as a children’s book illustrator, which is evident in her work. Her work can be seen in the US, Paris and South Africa. She currently lives in New Jersey, where she continues to advocate for environmental policy in the Tri-State area.
As an artist and a conservationist, her art focuses on the juxtaposition between the rough urban New Jersey landscape and the delicate wildlife and ecosystem that are threatened by the interference by man in nature. Within each of her paintings or sculptures, there is an underlying story that is being told. Her powerful painting “Flight or Fight” perfectly encapsulates this idea of storytelling within her work. The four birds featured within the painting are all birds commonly found in New Jersey, and fight for territory is a rapidly decreasing habitat, the New Jersey Wetlands. The invisible yet undeniable presence of humans can be seen in the paintings, such as the pollution that rests on the marsh floor, or the smoggy New York landscape so many artists and poets idealized. If there is a single message Tricia Zimic wants to commuicate through her art is that “we are not alone, we must share our space with animals and care for our environment”.
2011 “Essential Life” New Jersey State Museum, NJ
2010 “Wild Urbania” The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY
2010 “Recovery New Jersey: Wildlife Habitat Renewal” NJ Historical Society, NJ
2013 “Drumthwacket”, New Jersey’s Governor’s Mansion, NJ
2012-2013 “Wild Things: Animals in Art” View, Old Forge, NY
2012-2013 “Urban Landscapes” D&R Greenway Land Trust, Princeton, NJ
2012 “23rd State Juried Exhibition” Ocean County Artists’ Guild, Island Heights, NJ
2012 “Carry the Sky: Birds in Art” Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ
2010 “Fauna, Flora, and Feathers” Gallery 1978, Maplewood, NJ