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Peggy Cyphers
"Swept Away" large scale abstract painting, under waterscape

2018

$9,850

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70x50”collage and paint on canvas, signed by the artist. Deep blue, violet, cerulean and cyan washes of color build to the surface of seemingly underwater forms and vegetation. New York artist, Peggy Cyphers combines collage with abstract painting techniques to create this immersive and meditative painting, which incorporates forms of fossils and vegetation. It is from the series: “Heirs to the Sea,” which are paintings that explore evolution, consciousness and the sea. Lexicons of painted characters operate as forces in oceanic dramas. Referential and continuously evolving, the brush marks and bioluminescent hues explore an abstract language of painted and printed imagery inspired by wildlife and the sea, relying on a combination of gesture and layering, texture and patterned forms. Using the UV rays of the sun, paint, sand and silkscreen, the pictures create an aquatic labyrinth of the human mind. The works are fossils of time, appropriating and reinventing images directly from automatic writing, nature, cultural history and etchings by early naturalists. The streaming of consciousness between cultural and geological time is the trace of the hand, leaving evidence of everything it is not, as visible impression of the indeterminacy of space and thought impression. The fluid strokes and pouring with sand and paint have roots in the painting traditions of Eastern and Native American art and Post War Abstraction. The textural qualities of paint and sand embed gesture as a fossil of a geological trace, speaking about the infinite languages of the natural environment. Peggy Cyphers has had over 30 solo exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe since 1984. Cyphers received numerous awards for her work, including NEA, Elizabeth Foundation, Peter S. Reed Foundation, and Pratt Faculty Fund Awards, as well as a PS1, Artist-in-Residence Award. Cyphers received residency fellowships to Tong Xian Art Residency Beijing, Santa Fe Art Institute, International Studio & Curatorial Program, Art Omi, Corporation of Yaddo, and Triangle Artists’ Workshop. Cyphers’ work has been reviewed by The New York Times, Art in America, Artforum, New York Observer, Brooklyn Rail, Arts, among others. She is in museum and public collections including Smithsonian Institution, Seattle Art Museum, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Rutgers University Print Archives, Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Columbia Museum of Art, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, New Mexico State University, Citibank, Chase, among others. Peggy Cyphers is currently a Professor of Fine Arts at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.

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