Born a Colorado native, raised an honorary Texan, Kaitlin Ziesmer ventured back to the mountains to attend Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design in the BFA program with a focus on drawing and painting. She continues to live and work as a freelance artist in Denver, and has been featured in several local and national exhibitions.
On her work and process: “I like having a very clean, cut and paste approach to imagery. In my work, it’s so fun focusing on recognizable characters from popular culture. People have such a positive and nostalgic response to them… often following up with a response of a suggestion on what I should do next. It really creates a dialogue, and there’s something so gratifying being able to make things that you know your friends will dig. Re-purposing them into this new, often female body, is my way of injecting myself into it all… quite literally because I’m using myself as the model ninety percent of the time.
Color choice is also a huge part of the work too, along with the selection of clothes. As far as process, I often have one point of starting off… whether it’s the head I’ve been dying to paint, the color palette, or a specific piece of clothing; the rest of the pieces fall into place as I go. Between the playful color palette and the characters’ often standing or relaxed posture, I’d like to think that it makes them approachable. Then the highlights of neon are what really brings the audience up close. Portraits are so personal, especially when they’re absurd and make you laugh.”