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Washington Studio School

Peggy Greene

On View: March 1st - March 29th 

Artist Statement

I often think about two groups of women, one from a family photograph of four generations of women ending with me and one of small busts of women I’ve seen in antiquities museums, some representing goddesses and some not. My thoughts travel to the lives they lived or represented. Did the expectations and conventions of their times constrain or energize them? Were they fulfilled, disappointed, or both? What gave them joy? Heartbreak? What did they pass on?


The antiquities live now in glass cabinets, always on view, often with copies of themselves. Enigmatic, timeless, silent, and moving, they are made of clay. Some are broken or chipped; some glued back together; some surprisingly intact. They include the goddess of harvest and agriculture. 


What about the women in my photo? My great-grandmother came as a bride to her husband’s family farm in Shenandoah Junction; my grandmother was born and raised there; my mother visited family there; I visited as a child for Sunday dinners and have driven past it many times. 


The materials in the show are today’s materials of everyday life. They come from cardboard boxes, egg and berry cartons, the walls of my home studio, string, paper, placemats made by my grandmother, and charcoal. Humble and ordinary as they are, they have a history; they are evocative. In my imagination, they connect with the stories of the women and the place shared by some of them. They suggest the boxes in which we live and what we make of them.

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About the Artist

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Peggy Greene has lived in Washington, D.C. for most of her adult life. She discovered the Washington Studio School while she was pursuing her career, and found it to be a place where she could be in dialogue with peers and mentors alike. She learned to take in the world around her through thoughtful perception and risk-taking. The Studio School’s sense of community also fostered friendships based on the common love for art. Of her many discoveries at the school was her interest in working from three-dimensional structures, eventually leading her to build her own sculptural works. Greene has participated in local and national shows as well as an international exhibition in Tavira, Portugal.

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