The art of Peggy Cyphers responds to the multi-dimensional experience of the landscape from the various viewpoints of living beings. Gazing skyward from the bottom of a cavern like a fox or towards the horizon in a ruffle of woodpecker feathers, Ms. Cyphers re-imagines the world through different animal consciousnesses, defying both perspective and gravity. For her show at Cross Contemporary Art, Peggy Cyphers introduces a series of cyanotypes (prints created by sunlight) using rare botanical prairie grass samples and mysterious equine imagery whose reverse shadows are suspended in a sky-blue ground.
In the Brooklyn Rail, Jonathan Goodman writes about Ms. Cyphers: " Cyphers makes it clear that she has opted for a double awareness, in which non-objective insight vies with close scrutiny of the natural world.” New York Times’ Roberta Smith notes that Cyphers paints “in an effortless style that corrupts and complicates the staining technique originated by Color Field painters like Helen Frankenthaler with various ideas in the air: notational, pattern-prone motifs, landscape references and allusions to textiles and fabric.” Cross Contemporary Art gallery director, Jen Dragon notes that "throughout Ms. Cyphers long and distinguished career, her overarching aesthetic concern has always been the interconnectedness of all beings to the earth and to each other"
About Peggy Cyphers:
Peggy Cyphers' work can be found in many important museum,university and public collections throughout the world including National Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Library of Congress, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. National Museum of Women in the Arts,
Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Wash. and the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, Iowa to name but a few. She is a recipient of many Grants include National Endowment for the Arts, Peter S. Reed Foundation, The Elizabeth Foundation, National Studio Award PS.1. Residency awards include Yaddo, Art Omi, Tong Xian Art Beijing, Santa Fe Art Institute, ISCP, Triangle & Clocktower/P.S.1.
Currently, Peggy Cyphers is a tenured adjunct professor of visual arts at Pratt Institute.