Treacy Ziegler has been exhibiting her art for the past 25 years in various galleries throughout Untied States and Canada. Six years ago she began seeking a different audience and began exhibiting her work in high security prisons. As a consequence, she conducts ongoing prison art workshops in various states and develops through-the-mail art projects for a network of 3500 prisoners throughout US.
The paintings and bronze sculpture in this exhibition have been influenced by Ziegler’s involvement in prisons. Although birds are usually experienced as a metaphor for freedom, the bronze birds in this exhibition are not free but exist within the symbiotic relationship between space and being. The paintings, devoid of specific beings, are infused with a contradictory presence suggesting something has just happened or something is about to happen. If being cannot exist without space; space cannot exist without being.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website