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Kiler Davenport Live with Host Roy Dan Baron: Interview with Carole Zoom

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APRI 2015

APRI 2015


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Carole Zoom was born in Oak Ridge, TN, and attended the University of Texas. After living in Austin for 10 years, where she worked as a community organizer, Zoom relocated to Eugene, OR, in 1994 to run international leadership exchange programs for people with disabilities from all over the world. In Eugene, Zoom helped found the Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts (DIVA) and Lane Independent Living Alliance (LILA). Zoom relocated from Eugene to Portland, OR, in 2006. In 2012 Carole Zoom relocated and established a new studio in Kihei, HI with her partner Patrick Carpenter.

As an artist, Zoom produces woodblock prints and photographs that explore the continuum of life, death and disability; adjustments to living with a tracheostomy, using a ventilator, and requiring assistance to do the most basic things in life; and finding loving support around her. Her visual artwork has allowed her to make sense of her experience, reshape her perspective on the world, and return to it with vigor after the completion of her recovery. She chooses not to use a press for her prints, and her work intentionally and artfully reveals her considerable muscle weakness, a result of her muscular dystrophy.

Her prints have been displayed at White Lotus Gallery, Island Park Gallery, LaFollette Gallery, New Zone, Broadway Market Gallery, ImagineStation (PA), NorthBank Gallery and ArtPRN. Portland Mayor Sam Adams bought five pieces by Zoom to present as gifts to dignitaries on a recent diplomatic and trade mission to Japan. Her photography has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Portland Monthly, Country Living Magazine, Oregon Humanities and Eugene Weekly.

For more information on Carole Zoom and Zoomtopia click on the following link: http://zoomtopia.com/