Peggy Cyphers' painting continues her long-held interest in the world of naturally occurring opposites: creation and destruction, growth and decay, rebirth and transformation. Cyphers' use of paint and sand textures transforms the artist's ephemeral gestures into more permanent Modern Fossils. The mark-making and pigment layers seize the beauty within water, sky and the abiding commonality of all beings. Modern Fossils reflects the constants of chaos and order in the natural world, freezing a fragile moment in time of a complex Darwinian evolutionary dance. 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...with various ideas in the air: notational, pattern-prone motifs, landscape references and allusions to textiles and fabric.”
About Peggy Cyphers: Peggy Cyphers' work can be found in many important museum,university and public collections 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, S.C. 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. Peggy Cyphers is a tenured adjunct professor of Visual Arts at Pratt Institute.