Born in Los Angeles, Peggy Sivert currently lives and works on the Southern edge of LA County, adjacent to a nature preserve that is part of an ancient landslide. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, it is a haven for nature and wildlife and a crisis of broken land. Her work often explores the dichotomy between the broken and the flourishing.
The breakdown is where she feels compelled begin and explore. Characterized by shifts between abstract and figurative modalities, her art often includes discarded things. She uses ancient traditional media in a non-traditional ways as a cultural starting point for her sculpture, carefully piecing together diverse broken parts to make abstract conglomerate forms. The horse is a symbol that recurs in her mixed media work, not only a recognizable form, but also a metaphor of lived experience, history, and a conduit of memory. Sivert’s work shows the value of authentic exploration and experimentation.
Modernist artists Susan Rothenberg and Alberto Giacometti have inspired her art aesthetic and artist Ben Zask is her best critic and provides unwavering support.
Education: BA Art Education from CSU Long Beach / MA Humanities from CSU Dominguez Hills. Exhibitions: regular exhibits at Art galleries throughout Los Angeles and internationally in South Korea, Thailand, and Japan. Charity and Nonprofit work: Peace Corps Volunteer, Belize, Central America, high school Art teacher in Manhattan Beach, CA / founder, curator, director for several nonprofit art galleries in Los Angeles.