“Reminiscent of the work of Hieronymous Bosch or at times, Pieter Bruegel, this work exhibits Zimmerman’s fascination with exaggeration and the bizarre. This impulse is in line with the grotesque, a decorative form of art that intertwines elements from human, animal, and foliage sources. The resultant creatures … are interconnected … as though caught in a common web of their own growth and existence … the incredible creatures seem ugly, yet harmless. There is a blend of humor with deformity as these characters seem to clamor and chatter among themselves.

Zimmerman combines anthropomorphic form with a moralizing content that relates a lesson about pretense and folly. He epitomizes this ethical passage via a three-dimensional satire.”

Judy Collischan, Ph.D

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