Gallery Artist Treacy Ziegler is an extremely talented painter, sculptor, and printmaker. Ziegler trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, and is now based in Upstate New York. She has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions across the United States, is the recipient of various grants and awards, and has written extensively about art and social activism.
Ziegler has been hard at work in the studio, creating numerous sculptures set to appear at various institutions include MoMA in New York City, the Noyes Museum in New Jersey, and the Erie Art Museum in Pennsylvania. Due to the COVID-19 related shut downs, these exhibitions have been rescheduled. Below are some of the exciting new works, fresh from the artist's studio!
Ziegler was recently featured in a short film by videographer John Thornton, which shines a light on the impact of the COVID-19 on artists and their practices, particularly regarding the cancellation and postponement of exhibition engagements.
Ziegler has also recently published an essay titled "Beauty and Affliction" in the Broad Street Review, an online non-profit arts and culture publication, which explores the role and importance of art during our darkest times.
This is a particularly appropriate subject for Ziegler to address, and not only due to the events surrounding the current pandemic. Ziegler's works often possess a distinct darkness; her palette makes abundant use of dark greens, blues, and reds, with which she renders vacant structures, chairs, trees, and animals, all heavy with symbolism. However, what makes her darkness so distinct is the ever-present light in her works; "if I were to single out the one important thing for me in a painting," writes Ziegler, "it is the element of fleeting light surrounded by darkness and the interplay between the two."
And this important coexistence of darkness and light is perhaps even more crucial today.