Anticipation – Mariah Ziemer




Anticipation (shown)




Soft pastel on paper



Though simply rendered, tally marks have the unique ability to signify the passing of time. I thought about how they are often expressed as marks that count ‘up’ days of unrest or torment — like tallies on prison walls — instead of marks that count ‘down’ towards some celebratory event. There is a sense of desperation and longing in this space to break free from the current circumstance, yet hope may prevail in patience.  Click here to view Patience.




After completing her MLitt with ITIA in 2019, Mariah moved back to her hometown in Boise, Idaho to teach and continue her practice as a visual artist. She has since illustrated two children’s books with Hidden Shelf Publishing: Jiemba and Friends (2020, written by her dad) and The Loose Chronicles (coming 2021).



  • Karen is finishing a PhD program in the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts after careers in corporate management, consulting, and pastoral and theatre ministry. She explores theological and theatrical contexts of ’empty space’ and general human disposition toward it, with emphasis on improvisation (specifically Playback Theatre) and Holy Saturday. Since 2017, Karen has led or advised ITIA’s Transept group, a postgraduate-led group of multidisciplinary practicing artists. Karen was an editor for Transpositions from 2017 to 2022. As Editor-in-Chief, she fostered a closer partnership between Transpositions and Transept, hosted the In/break exhibition on the Transpositions site, and introduced regular series into the publishing schedule.