Drawings and paintings that celebrate imperfection by artist Cindi Zimmerman!
"I draw the way I navigate through life: With a leap of faith and without an eraser, embracing the raw outcome, flaws and all." says artist, Cindi Zimmerman. "Life isn't perfect, and neither is my art. That's what makes it all so interesting."
Using the "Blind Contour" drawing technique, the artist never looks down at her paper while locking her eyes only on her subject, and commits to a single line by never lifting her pen. The result is an engaging reflection of the energy and humanity of each subject, and the wonkiness is wonderfully relatable.
"We've been conditioned to front our lives in a highly curated way, but when I removed that pressure from my art, it felt so much more authentic and was very liberating," said Zimmerman. "I have to fully trust that whatever lands on the paper will be perfectly imperfect, and even though they're not traditional portraits, I find an even greater sense of realism in the delightfully flawed faces that come as a result."
While the minimalistic drawings stand on their own as irreverent homages to life's challenges, human flaws and resilience, Zimmerman stays true to her abstract painting roots by developing some of the drawings into contemporary mixed media artworks. The blend of blind contours with splashy colors on decayed urban surfaces has an edgy, graffiti-esque impact.
"The brick walls are symbolic of the world's gritty obstacles," said Zimmerman. "You can let the walls confine and block you, or, in my case, I sling paint on them until they're something questionably fabulous."
No question about it, these artworks are conversation pieces that have everyone talking. Explore the series and find the piece that speaks to you: One line, blind.
Sold unmatted and unframed, but here is how the artist envisions the finished pieces: