A room of one's own

Anita Rodriguez and Zoe Zimmerman look in the mirror

By Lynne Robinson
Posted 2/13/20

Two women artists, both the daughters of artist mothers, both fiercely independent and autonomous, with rooms of their own.

Rooms to live, dream and create in, but mostly rooms that afford one the time to "know oneself." As Virginia Woolf noted in her seminal book, "Whatever may be their use in civilized societies, mirrors are essential to all violent and heroic action."

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A room of one's own

Anita Rodriguez and Zoe Zimmerman look in the mirror

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Two women artists, both the daughters of artist mothers, both fiercely independent and autonomous, with rooms of their own.

Rooms to live, dream and create in, but mostly rooms that afford one the time to "know oneself." As Virginia Woolf noted in her seminal book, "Whatever may be their use in civilized societies, mirrors are essential to all violent and heroic action."

Anita Rodriguez is a native Taoseña, an artist, builder, writer, mystic and matriarch who has spent her life in service to the truth. And we all know truth hurts. Truth mean getting to the bottom of things and under things, like rugs where secrets are swept and left to fester. Truth also means being courageous and going against the status quo - as Che Guevera noted, "All great revolutionaries are guided by love." Truth means defending the downtrodden and standing up for the oppressed.

It means tough love, the kind a mother gives.

"Our Lady never lets you down, that's what she has to say," the artist says about her painting "Guadalupana culpando su pueblo." "And here she is caring for and protecting her people."

For more on Rodriguez, visit anitarodriguez.com.

Zoe Zimmerman, as an artist who views the world through a hollow lens, brings a particularly feminine point of view to bear: her singular vision is decidedly pronounced on the side of beauty. Albeit beauty with a dangerous edge. Like her heart, "'Cords that bind." The metaphor is surreal. The sharp shears beside the puffy heart on a bed of nails. Ties that bind must sometimes be cut. It's not a trick. It's just the way it is. Love does not always last forever.

Zimmerman also photographs weddings and events, and if you need a new headshot and want to look pretty, she can do that too. Visit Zoezimmerman.com.

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