The First Day of Summer
Eric Zener’s work is centered around water. Figures float and swim or are submerged. Light is refracted, colors reflecting from swimming figures becoming abstract forms. We see pools with evidence of a figure - a splash, but no form. Water communicates a nostalgia the artist feels for its place in his childhood, memories of summers; but it also holds deeper meaning to the artist, representing both physical and spiritual rebirth. Zener works uses a process that combines layering photographs that have been printed on gold or silver leafed panels before applying layers of paint and resin.