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Peggy Thurston Farrell

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artist bio

Peggy Thurston Farrell, an Assistant Professor of Art and Gallery Director at Carroll University since 1991, has been widely exhibited and collected. Over the years her art has evolved from the two-dimensional print medium to collaged, painted, and silkscreened three-dimensional paper and wood constructions.

Her work has been shown in both solo and group exhibitions across the United States, and locally including the Milwaukee Art Museum, Tory Folliard Gallery, and several Wisconsin Visual Artists Biennials. In 2001 she was awarded the Professional Dimensions Sacajawea commission and in 2008 was granted the Waukesha Public Library commission to create a five-part relief piece titled Evolution of Expression that can be viewed in the New Book area of the Library.
Most recently one of her silkscreen prints was included in the Southern Graphics International Traveling Exhibition, which will be traveling nationally, and internationally for three years. Farrell was also one of 33 artists selected to paint a regulation-sized playable Gibson Les Paul guitar that will be displayed in downtown Waukesha as part of the Gibson Guitar-Town public art project beginning in May 2012.

artist statement

Symbols and signs surround us. There are symbols that tell us when to turn on the computer and symbols that warn us against fire or hazardous chemicals. While sitting in an airplane symbols tell us to buckle or unbuckle our seat belt, or stop smoking. My current interest in symbols began with a trip to China in the spring
of 2001. While traveling, I couldn't help but notice the ubiquitous use of symbols. There were symbols for birth, death and good luck found on clothing, jewelry calendars, placemats buildings and public transportation. I began to take note, collect and ponder. To primitive man, symbols were a natural part of everyday life,
but to modern man they are meaningless, or are they? In this current body of work
I have been exploring the relationship between ancient and contemporary symbols.
As I silkscreen and collage layers of images from many parts of my life and travels, and repeat the symbols again and again they create something more. New symbols emerge and challenge how and what we see.