Sanzi Studio
– Sanzi Kermes

Sanzi Kermes graduated in 1982 from Syracuse University - a dual major in Geography and Advertising. At 35, she left corporate work and, during the next decade, her life took extraordinary turns: at 43, she became a widow, at 45 she gave birth to her daughter, and at 48 she earned her Masters of Contemporary Fine Art Practice from Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK. Sanzi documents games of Scrabble she has played, screen prints the pattern left at game's end, and writes senryu (a haiku not based in nature) using the words played. An ex-cartographer, the screen prints are reminiscent of the Rectangular Survey System devised by the Land Ordinance of 1785. She lives in Baltimore with her daughter.

– current & upcoming

Artina 2018: Introspective

This installation at Sandy Spring is the marriage of my original series of prints with contemporary interpretations that are a specific response to the site: tumbleweeds in the landscape, printed fabric, and wood block print with haiku.
Press Kit

A Sculpture Park at
Sandy Spring Museum

Solo Show


Creative York Project Space

Repurposed with Purpose:
Meaning in the Materials of Making

An invitational exhibit curated by Doreen Bolger, the Retired Director of the Baltimore Museum of Art

Maryland Art Place

– Galleries

This most recent work of the series (Scrabble books) makes the book a more tactile experience: a large room divider, hanging pendant-like fabric sculptural pieces, and clothing—costumes acquired from Center Stage in Baltimore. Imagine: a book that one can wear! I am pushing the boundaries of traditional books so they are now conceptual, visual items that one can feel. The wearer essentially becomes the story itself.

White Wool Strapless Screen print on fabric

White Wool Strapless | Screen print on fabric

Works on
– Scrabble Books


A game with a fixed set of parameters, 100 tiles; 225 squares. How many variations from that beginning might occur? I document each game, I write haiku from the words played during the game, and I intersperse the haiku with screen prints of the resultant board pattern. My materials vary from paper to fabric to surfaces such as a room divider or a rocking chair. Each pattern is considered its own entity, its own book, with its own presentation unlike those one is accustomed to seeing in book form.

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