Peggy Sivert | Artist, Art, & Story

Published October 2017

Publication Artist, Art, & Story, full article available here

What 5 words would you use to describe your artwork?
authentic, melancholy, elegant, gestural, textural

What is your dream project?
To exhibit an installation including the diverse elements that have led to the development of my art; from painting to found objects to architectural forms, video and finally a very large herd of horses. It will all tie together.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
I asked artist / mentor Matthew Thomas what I should do with my horse sculpture? He told me to make a herd. I’ve been working on it ever since.

Tell us about your current body of work?
I am designing horse forms with welded steel in order to control structural, to show movement and to increase scale. These structures will be combined with found materials, ceramic and digital elements. I am starting with small maquettes and working to life sized forms.

How has your style and practice changed over the years?

I started as a painter in college and have always loved to paint. I got a job teaching ceramics and 3D design, which threw me into the world of clay and sculpture. This influenced my focus and my paintings continued to become more dimensional until I now focus primarily on sculpture. The horse as a subject worked its way into my practice and while I rejected it for many years, the subject persisted until I now fully embrace it as an integral part of my identity.

Where do you see yourself going from here forward in your artistic explorations?
I want to complete a body of work using steel construction and horse subject matter which will be the focal point of a large installation. The horses will be active and expressive of what is my interpretation of the world. I will always seek abstraction and simplification of form to the point of non objective art; this will always be my long term objective, but I want to come to it in a way that evolves naturally as I work. I will incorporate multi media as I move forward.

Peggy Sivert; Broken; 2014; Ceramic, wood, stone; 36x50x48 inches



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