Peggy Preheim’s exquisitely rendered drawings, sculptures and photographs explore themes relating to the transience of life and the cyclical nature of human experience. Regarded for her minute and delicate works on paper, the artist draws from personal, found and historical sources to construct evocative narratives that are at once enigmatic yet accessible, strikingly intimate yet universal. Banknote fragments and figures from antique photographs, particularly women and children, appear frequently in her works on paper, rendered and recombined in ways that powerfully address the distance between public and private worlds, the past and the present, the sacred and secular, the conscious and the subconscious.
Born in 1963 in Yankton, South Dakota, Peggy Preheim lives and works in Yonkers, New York. She studied at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design from 1981 to 1983, and has since exhibited her work throughout the United States and Europe.
In 2008, the artist presented a solo exhibition at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut, entitled Little Black Book, which traveled to the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma and to the Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University in New York through 2010. Other notable exhibitions include Quiet Accord, a two-person presentation with Paul Chiappe at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin (2012), Directions in American Drawing, a group show that opened at The Columbus Museum in Georgia in 2007 and traveled to the Telfair Museum in Savannah and the Knoxville Museum of Art in Tennessee through 2008, and Transitional Objects: Contemporary Still Life, a 2006 group show at the Neuberger Museum in New York.
Preheim’s work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, NY, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York, NY Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, among others.