Lynn Schirmer

December News

Currently Showing

Through February at Edd Cox Fine Art as part of the 619 Western artists and documentary showcase. I’ve also hung a piece by the late Su Job, the sale of which will benefit the Conductive Garboil Grant. World Tree films is raising funds to finish post-production on their intriguing documentary on the life and demise of the former arts building.

Often dubbed “the Hive”, 619 Western Ave was home to hundreds of creative individuals for more than 25 years. This film documents the legacy, the memories and preserves the history of this unique community and place.

You can support their efforts here:


My Work Published in BC Psychologist

“Reflections of Trauma in Art”
by Anne Dietrich, Ph.D., R. Psych.
A psychologist in private practice, who specializes in treatment of trauma
and related problems. She also is on the BCPA Board of Directors.



The expressive arts, whether in terms of narratives,
psychodrama, poetry, performing arts, photography,
sculpture, or painting (this is not intended to
be an exhaustive list), have been recognized as
helpful adjuncts to talk therapy. The emotional/
psychological experience of trauma is often not
expressible in words. How would a client sufficiently
express with words the excruciating experience of
being raped as a child or of witnessing parents being
severely tortured and killed during acts of war?

Bennett asserts that “the experience of trauma
paradigmatically encapsulates both direct,
unmediated affective experience and an absence of
affect, insofar as it is resistant to cognitive processing
and induces ‘psychic numbing’” (2005, p. 5). The
following works were created by a survivor of severe
childhood sexual abuse and torture, who has been
diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder.

The emotional valence — horror, helplessness,
incredulity and shock, the fragmentation that
prevents the development of a coherent and unified
sense of self, torture, and much more — is evident
in Ms. Schirmer’s works. Words alone do not
adequately convey such an experience to others, and
words alone do not help the survivor to understand
his or her experience in a holistic manner.

Upcoming Shows, October 2012

Detail: Dark Divide, oil on triangular canvas, 2012 (in progress)

Detail: "Dark Divide", oil on triangular canvas, 2012 (in progress)

Who Does She Think She Is?

Corridor Gallery
October 4-27, 2012
Reception: First Thursday, October 4, 5-9pm

Open Fri.,Sat., noon-5pm

Artists react to the Republican led War on Women, a group show curated by Ellen Hochberg.


Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts Open House

First Thursday, October 4, 2012, 5–10pm

Come hang out with me on my couch! I’ll be exhibiting in the hallways and in my loft, #508. Performances by residents begin at 8 PM
More info & directions:


Arts & Social Change Symposium

October 12-13, 2012
Seattle Center

My work will be on view during the symposium.
“A regional symposium for arts administrators, artists, social service professionals, government representatives, and social justice leaders from around the Pacific Northwest. We will address the role that diverse arts play in creating awareness, inspiring understanding and developing policies to address cultural equity and social change.”

Register online, or volunteer to attend for free:


The Future Web

I was behind the times, by at least 8 months, if not a year or more.  I don’t know where my head was, exactly, but I had not kept up with the latest best practices of front-end  web coding through the mid and to the end of 2011. It was a most non-fortuitous mistake.  While I looked away, the entirety of the web design universe shifted.  So much for pastel and paint!

I think I’m on my way to catching up however, and it’s been a fascinating journey. In the course of about a month, I’ve transitioned from my (older) XHTML standards on to HTML5 and CSS3, with all of their exciting new features and changes. I am also now finally introduced to the theory of responsive design. I had not previously invested the time in making sites for mobile devices. My customers either had no budget for it or I had not recommended it. I also felt it was important that a significant portion of the design community wait and force device makers to render our sites well as currently coded, and for the most part, they did. With current browser implementation of the latest front-end coding however, we are now in a good position to meet them half-way, and the community has done that and more via responsive design. It’s all liveable for the moment.

During my re-education process, in one of the endless comment streams in the seemingly endless debates over how to build things now on the web, someone said, “Stop trying to spec everything, it’s all going to be machine language.” I think he’s right.

I am not young, and I remember the tutorial back in the 80′s, as I toured the computer labs at UIUC, with my then programmer boyfriend, who went on to a high-paying position with Intel, straight out of graduation. What he explained about the development of the graphical user interface, and how it was built on successive layers of languages, one upon the other, increasing in complexity in how they “spoke to the computer’s core” has stuck with me all this time. Machine language was one of them, if not the primary step, and then Assembly language and so on, I believe.

So I agree with the frustrated commentator, we do need to “get there” with programming for the web. While we are far past a “‘machine language” analogue at this point, we do need to get to some sort of OS (Operating System) so that interface and visual designers can focus on beauty and usability and not code. At present, our hands are tied and our minds distracted with endless, ultimately ephemeral, minutiae. As much as it may be exciting for programmers, for us artists, it’s a bit of a bore.

After Dinner Party

The big event is next week and I am hoping for a good crowd, especially and with thanks to this lovely article by Jen Graves in The Stranger.

“In Her Pants: Forty years after the rise of feminist art, Seattle artist Lynn Schirmer discovers something shocking.”

And in a shockingly short amount of time, I’ve (nearly) pulled together a rather large exhibit and event, with the help of many friends. Hope to see you there!

After Dinner Party flyer
Come celebrate with us, through spectacle, visual art, performances, and other surprises, the wonders of the winged wishbone.

After Dinner Party

Exhibit, Performances, & After Party
First Thursday, May 3, 2012

Exhibit Reception: 5-9pm
Performances & After Party: 8:30-11pm

Vandenbrink Community Room & Corridor Gallery
Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts
115 Prefontaine Pl. S.
Seattle, WA 98104
$5 suggested donation for After Party*

*Proceeds from the event will go towards the Conductive Garboil grant fund.

* Video, digital collage, sculpture, painting and drawing by over 20 artists from around the world.
* Performances by Candy Apples, Queen Shmooquan, and Janet Thomas.
* Music, dancing, and open mic.
* Fantastic gifts for donations to the Conductive Garboil Grant fund.

Exhibit on view through June 2
Main exhibit space, first weekend only
Friday, May 4 & Saturday, May 5, noon-5pm

Corridor Gallery through June 2
Fridays, Saturdays, noon-5pm, May 4 – June 2

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