Artist Statement

The creation of a large-scale installation of art is my current studio focus. Stemming from a 30-year art practice, the horse, at the center of the work, embodies my ideas and feelings, always seeking liberation from troubles of the world such as corruption, global warming, racism or war. The starting point for a body of work is often triggered by these conflicts, influencing the form or bearing of the work. I find media to express my vision often treating traditional media in non-traditional ways. My choice of media varies and may include a combination of oil and acrylic paint, clay, wood, found objects, plaster or welded steel, light, video or performance. A body of work may take years to complete, multiple pieces evolving together in my studio environment, developing a patina of history as the elements mature.

Well aware of current trends in contemporary art, I continue to work with the horse as subject matter. I have felt the influence of artist, Susan Rothenberg, who has taken the horse subject matter well beyond the obvious. These animals have imparted a lasting influence on my art, aesthetically, spiritually and conceptually. The horse throughout time has carried meaning; as a veiled reference to an unspoken element or as harbingers of judgement. It is believed that horses had an important part to play in the formation and development of human spirituality.

I am currently working on larger than life-size steel horses, powerful in scale and ghostlike in their transparency, each creating a simple line drawing of steel. Standing together, these forms will be integrated with reclaimed architectural elements. Draped fabric and chain will add texture, movement and visual mass. The base will be created by light projections. Behind the installation will hang a large scale, dark painting, heavy with layers and collaged images from art history books are scattered throughout the painting as relics past values. This installation is in progress and I feel strongly about the subliminal current underlying the work and its potential to inspire.

Exhibitions

*Solo show

2018

All Media | Juried by Dave Barton | Irvine Fine Arts Center | Irvine, CA

Exchange | Juried by Lydia Takeshita | LA Artcore | Los Angeles, CA

In Pursuit of Beauty, LA | Curated by Lore Eckelberry | South Bay Contemporary, SoLA Gallery | Los Angeles, CA

Music for the Eyes | Juried by Peter Frank | Orange County Center for Contemporary Art

2017

All Media | Juried by Kim Abeles | Irvine Fine Art Center | Irvine, CA

In Pursuit of Beauty | Gallery 3331 | Tokyo, Japan

pARTners | Curated by Michael Freitas Wood | LA Artcore, Union Center for the Arts | Los Angeles, CA

CA 101 | Curated by Nina Zak Ladden | Riviera Village | Redondo Beach, CA

2016

South Bay Focus, 2016 | Torrance Art Museum | Torrance, CA

Mas Attack | Torrance Art Museum | Torrance, CA

LA Art Tours | Gallery C | Los Angeles, CA

Bareback, Symmetry in Motion | Gallery C | Los Angeles, CA

My Own Private Moon | FM Fine Art Gallery | Los Angeles, CA

Mas Attack | San Diego Art Institute | San Diego, CA

Jubilation | Lee and Lee Gallery | Los Angeles, CA

2015

South Bay Focus | Torrance Art Museum | Torrance, CA

*Transformations, Peggy Sivert | Gallery H | Hawthorne, CA

LA Juried Exhibition | Juried by Tomas Benitez, Fatemeh Burnes, Peter Frank | LA Municipal Gallery | Los Angeles, CA

California 101 | AES Power Plant | Redondo Beach, CA

Untitled San Pedro | The Loft | San Pedro. CA

From Her | Pico House | Los Angeles, CA

Curate This | Gabba Gallery | Los Angeles, CA

14 So. California Artists | Rolling Hills Country Club | Rolling Hills Estates, CA

No Expectations | Gallery 347 | San Pedro, Ca

2014

Joe Hill 100 Years Part 3 - LABOR / MIGRANT / GULF Group Show | URI-EICHEN Gallery | Chicago, IL

Layers of Los Angeles | Select Art Fair | Chelsea, New York

Labor-Migrant-Gulf | Curated by Doris Bittar | Southwestern College Art Gallery | Chula Vista, CA

Deep Roots | Juried by Massiel Y. Bobadilla | Pico House | Los Angeles, CA

Love and Other Considerations | Juried by Michael Stearns | Gallery 347 | San Pedro, CA

2013

In Motion | Juried by Max Presneill | South Bay Lexus | Torrance, CA

Push and Flow | Curated by Megumi Sando | Manhattan Beach Creative Art Center | Manhattan Beach, CA

Open Visions: South Bay Art Instructors | Zask Gallery | South Bay, CA

2012

Either Side of Grey: Valuing the Artist's Process | Zask Gallery | South Bay, CA

2011

Chain Letter | Shoshanna Wayne Gallery | Santa Monica, CA

The Art of Clay | American Museum of Ceramic Art | Pomona, CA

Where Imagination Takes Flight | Long Beach Museum of Art | Long Beach, CA

2010 & earlier

*Origin: Portuguese Bend | Lee & Lee Gallery | Los Angeles, CA

Artists of Art Forum | Santa Ana College, Main Gallery | Santa Ana, CA

Local Visions | Curated by Megumi Sando | Manhattan Beach Creative Art Center | Manhattan Beach, CA

Spirit of the Horse | Juried by Marcshall Astor | Palos Verdes Art Center | Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

21+ Kindred Currents in Clay | Cureated by Patrick Crabb | Lee & Lee Gallery | Los Angeles, CA

All Media | Juried by Rodman de la Cruz | Palos Verdes Art Center | Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Extreme Clay | Juried by Dora De Larios | American Museum of Ceramic Art | Pomona, CA

Spirit of the Horse | Juried by Scott Canty | Golden Cove Gallery

Raku: Origins, Impact, and Contemporary Expression | American Museum of Ceramic Art | Pomona, CA

All Media | Juried by Mike Mcgee | Palos Verdes Art Center | Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

*Gesture Vessels | Neal Nagy Gallery | San Pedro, CA

*Gesture Vessels | Hsi Lai Temple Exhibit Hall | Hacienda Heights, CA

Hospital Project | Curated by Jerry Block | SBC Windows Gallery | Torrance, CA

No Bloom for Oil | Cureated by Michael Kaplan | LA Art | Los Angeles, CA

Awards

06/2018   Second Award | CA 101 Annual Juried Show | Juried by Nina Zak Ladden

05/2009   First Award, Sculpture | Spirit of the Horse Equine Art Competition

08/2007   PVAC Art Award | Juried All Media Exhibition | Palos Verdes Art Center

10/2005   Best of Show, Ceramic Sculpture | Los Angeles County Fair

05/2004   Outstanding Masters Project Award | Homer Revisited: Ancient Poettery in a Post Modern Age | California State University, Dominguez Hills

02/1995   Bravo Award Nominee for Achievement in the Arts | The Music Center of Los Angeles, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Grants

03/2003   Creative Grant | Yellow Fox Foundation | Long Beach, CA

06/1996   Summer Six Art Fellowship | Swidmore College | Saratoga Springs, NY

Publications & Reviews

10/2017   "Artist Interview: Peggy Sivert" by Karrie Ross | Artist, Art, & Story

07/2013   "A Place at the Table" by Bondo Wyszpolski | Beach Magazine/Easy Reader

12/2011   Cover "2011 Newsmakers: Gallery Goddess" by Bondo Wyszpolski | Beach Magazine

Spring 2007  "Horse Sense" by Michael Giltz | Show Circuit Magazine

12/2004   "Life's Imperfections Reflected in Art Exhibit" by Shirley Hsu | Hacienda Heights Highlander

11/2001   "Gallery: Peggy Sivert Zask" by Garrison Frost | The Aesthetic

05/2001   "Sunrise Sunset" photographed by Michele Dugan for "A Community of Angels" | Angel City Press

01/1997   "Ceramic Sculpture, Talking about Student Art" by Terry Barrett | Getty Educational Institute for the Arts

Work

2013 - present    Founder/Executive Director | South Bay Contemporary | Los Angeles, CA

2007 - present   Director/Curator | PS Zask Gallery | Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

1994 - 2013     Ceramics/AP Art teacher | Mira Costa High | Manhattan Beach, CA

2007            Art Instructor | El Camino College | Torrance, CA

1990 –1994      Director/Curator | Minus Zero Gallery/South Bay Contemporary | Torrance, CA

1985 – 1988        Art Instructor | Pacific Shores, Mira Costa High School | Manhattan Beach, CA

1982 – 1985        Art Instructor | Rocky Mountain Academy/Cedu School | Bonners Ferry, Idaho

1982 – 1985        Art Instructor | Cedu School | Running Springs, CA

1979 – 1982        Artist | PSA Fine Art | Bonners Ferry, Idaho

1976 – 1978        Peace Corps Volunteer | Belize

Professional Associations

National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts

American Cancer Society

National Art Education Association

So Cal Womens' Caucus for Art

Education

Master of Arts, Humanities | California State University, Dominguez Hills

Bachelor of Arts, Drawing/Painting & Art Education | California State University, Long Beach

Teaching Credential, Art Education | California State University, Long Beach

Previous Projects

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