After a short sabbatical to complete a teaching degree and raise
two children, Zoe Zorzetto has returned to her art practice with renewed energy
Zoe has always been fascinated by the manner in which
children approach art-making, in particular her 4 year old daughter. She began
to recognize a yearning to create like a child again, with a free-spirit,
complete abandonment, no inhibitions, and a playful attitude. Motivated by the
advice “You are what you do every day,” Zoe set herself a 100-day creative
challenge. This involves her being creative on a daily basis for 100 days in a
row. The challenge has seemed impossible
and overly-ambitious at times, especially with a young baby, but has had a huge
impact on her creative confidence and life in general. Zoe recently reached the
halfway point in the challenge, and is on average producing 5 resolved artworks
The focus of her work has shifted to be essentially
experimental, with the aim of learning through play, hence the project title
‘100 days of play.’ Sometimes Zoe begins
a work with a plan in mind, but mainly (always being short on time), lets her
creative intuition guide her and lets the artwork unfold organically. The
random and the accidental are fully embraced in the making process.
Working primarily in the acrylic medium, Zoe’s style of painting has become
essentially abstract, occasionally geometric, with a touch of whimsy. A strong
sense of colour, pattern and design has always dominated her work. Zoe draws inspiration from the interiors and fashion industries, and simple everyday
things such as a children’s book, or a lovely item of clothing worn by a friend.
Determined to balance motherhood with her art practice,
Zoe’s newly- cultivated daily ‘play’ habit has officially been ingrained in her
psyche and is now a commitment; a life-long commitment to creativity.
See more of Zoe's work here.