Joan Ackerman-Zimny is an artist from the Chicago area. Her work reflects an interest in the connections between art, psychology, and philosophy. Joan's work has been exhibited in galleries and shows and is included in private collections.
Joan has a BFA in Art Education from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, a MA in Education from Concordia University, and additional graduate work in art through Northern Illinois University.
My paintings reflect an exploration of perception, memory, and states of mind. Transition, movement through time and space, is a central
theme that is woven through the paintings. The work is symbolic. Flowers, landscapes, figures, and non-representational environments are metaphorical, suggesting psychological space or states of mind. There is a sense of searching, of evolving process, that is present in the work.
I value the potential that abstraction provides, leaving space for us to enter into the painting, to imagine, reflect, and determine personal meaning.