Peggy Dee

Seated Figure with Screaming Crow March 2017
oil on canvas
48 x 36 in.

What drives the concept of my current paintings is our inescapable connection to the physical universe and thus the natural world. I begin with the pose of an isolated female form in an interior space. While I map out her body in paint on the canvas, a need arises for her inner life to reveal itself in another physical form – a biological metaphor, that coupled with her isolation, will hold the viewers’ eyes long enough in my paintings that they will reflect on their own isolation and their own conflicts and connections with the natural world. The physical and psychological rhyming of figures and birds evolves, as does the suggestion of the figure’s inner life that cannot escape her own connections to the creatures that invade her space and share in her evolution.