I first saw Zemer's work at the Archie Bray in Helena last summer where she was a resident. I was taken by the detail and complexity. When my cousin came to visit from Denver, we trouped up to the Northcutt gallery to view her installation there. I had seen the press release a week or so earlier. Cheri had seen the Oprah article, also, that promoted Peled's work. Good timing! What an inspiring visit. We both shared our favorite pieces and what made them so.
Zemer Peled presents Sky Island February 26 – April 2, 2015
Northcutt Steele Gallery is pleased to debut Zemer Peled’s Sky Island, a group of large and small-scale sculptures and installations constructed from thousands of ceramic shards. A reception will be held on Thursday, February 26 beginning at 5pm in the lobby of the Liberal Arts Building immediately in front of the gallery.
Peled’s sculptural language is a response to her surrounding landscapes and an exploration of the beauty and brutality of the natural world that engages with themes of memory, identity, and place. The term sky island refers to isolated mountainous regions surrounded by radically different lowland environments offering unique implications for natural habitats. This ecological phenomenon becomes an apt metaphor for Peled’s poetic three-dimensional meditations on contrast and isolation, sameness and belonging.
Peled was born and raised in a Kibbutz in northern Israel. After completing a BFA (Hons) at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, she graduated with an MA (Hons) from the Royal College of Art, London. Recently her work has been featured nationally and internationally in museums and galleries including Sotheby’s and Saatchi Gallery-London, Eretz Israel Museum-Tel Aviv, and the Orangerie du Senate, Paris. She is a second year-long term resident at the Archie Bray foundation in Helena, MT. For more information about the artist visit: www.zemerpeled.com.
The Northcutt Steele Gallery is located on the first floor of the Liberal Arts on the Montana State University Billings campus. The gallery is open Monday – Friday from 8:00am – 4:00 pm, and by appointment. For more information visit www.facebook.com/NorthcuttSteeleGallery.
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