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Anne Peabody

Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath–Force of Nature
Glyndor Gallery | June 7– September 7, 2015

 

Pictured above: Wildfire, 2015 Copper, wood, glass, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist

 

Anne Peabody’s multimedia sculptural work focuses on the loss and regrowth that occur after devastation wrought by natural disasters. Although wildfires, the subject of her site-specific installation at Wave Hill, are commonly thought of as natural occurrences, experts classify them them as “quasi-natural” hazards because many are caused by humans. “The probability of fires is increasing because people are increasing,” said the U.S. Geological Survey’s Jon Keeley, who has spent years studying the history of California wildfires.

Using tole-worked copper, glass, rock and wood, Peabody imagines a wildfire in the former dining room of Glyndor House. By creating this immersive environment in the space, the artist succeeds in making a calamity that seems far removed on monitors or smartphone screens, feel more like an immediate threat. Burn patterns made of charred wood, blackened stone and singed foliage offer clues about human involvement in the catastrophe. However, signs of new growth that follow a wildfire also emerge to give hope. In some ways, the installation recalls a past fire, caused by lightning strike, that severely damaged the previous home on this site in 1926; it was demolished and replaced by the current building a year later.

Peabody has exhibited in Glasstress shows at the 2009 and 2011 Venice Biennales; the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY; and Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY. She participated in More Art’s 2014 Engaging Artists Residency in New York, NY, and was recently named a recipient of the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Peabody’s installations are on permanent display at 21c Museum Hotels in Cincinnati, OH; Bentonville, AK; and Louisville, KY. She received a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts.

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The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.