ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
Every month we bring a new art installation featuring a variety of media from local and regional artists.
Marianne Ziegler, December 2017
I remember being given an in-class assignment one day for a composition course I was taking. We were given 15 minutes to answer the question: 'Can fiction be fact?'. When our time ended, we were polled for which side we argued for by a show of hands. Out of 24 students, I was the only one to argue that fiction could indeed be fact. My professor then began to tell a story of a high school reunion she had been dreading, due to the fear of seeing an old flame that broke her heart. She went. She saw him. They talked. And upon rehashing memories, she had realized that her mind had slowly made her out to be the victim. When in fact, she made the decision to end their relationship 20 years ago. The mind is a tricky thing.
That day stuck with me for years. It made me question what is real? What is truth? Is it what our minds convince us to be so? And if yes, does that mean there are as many truths about one subject as there are perceptions of it? Or is reality just some phantom entity that no one will ever completely grasp in this life?
For example: our eyes are made up of rods and cones that enable us to depict light and motion. Humans have three different types of cone receptors: blue, green and red. The mantis shrimp, has sixteen types of cones receptors. They can see colors that don't even exist in our understanding of spectrum. If you could ask a person with regular eyesight, a mantis shrimp, and a person with total color blindness what color the sky is, they would all give you a different answer. So which one is real?
Regardless, perception is key. It is what makes us all unique. We can choose to see the beauty in all things, or pick and choose via our own self-inflicted judgements. We choose love over fear. We choose forgiveness over resentment. We choose the objective mind over the subjective. Or...we don't.
These works are my journey in seeing vivacity within the decay of the places we pass by every day: a Wabi-Sabi collection showing the beauty within that which is normally perceived as imperfect and incomplete.
Growing up on the south fork of Long Island, NY, Ziggie spent a lot of her time star gazing on beaches before she discovered her love for backstage theater. She majored in Stage Management and Technical Direction at North Carolina School of the Arts before making the journey over the mountains to Knoxville, TN. She has been a Knoxville resident now for 15 years.
Photography has always been a passion in her life, but never considered utilizing it as an artistic release till she drifted away from the stage. She has shown works at 8 Shooters Studio before finding her current themed outlet. The Alley Cat series started over four years ago and has since been shown at Wells Fargo formerly on Gay St, Urban Bar, Big Fatty's Catering Kitchen, The Bearden Beer Market, The Red Piano Lounge, Sugar Mamas, Preservation Pub, Crafty Bastard, Ijams Nature Center, Central Flats and Taps, Merchants of Beer, and Broadway Studios and Gallery.
She is an avid wanderer and promoter of downtown Knoxville, and promoter of local businesses; always seeking 'the next shot'. Within the last couple years, she has been given the wonderful opportunity of now having both her loves of artistic output in her life; in photography, and finding a home again in the theater. She currently keeps very busy shooting, framing, bartending, and loading in touring performances for the Knoxville Stagehands Local Union 197.
Website/social media can be found at www.facebook.com/knoxalleycat or by searching: knoxalleycat on Facebook.
Monday4:00pm - 9:00pm
Tuesday4:00pm - 9:00pm
Wednesday4:00pm - 9:00pm
Thursday4:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday4:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday12:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday2:00pm - 8:00pm