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  Peggy Washburn

Peggy’s work is inspired by classical mythology, studies pertaining to memory and mathematical definitions. Her work has been acquired by major collections including the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, The Ralph Lauren Collection, and the Museo De Fotografia di Brescia, Italy. Her work has been widely published, she’s had numerous solo shows both locally and nationally, and has been included in exhibits at the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham and The Fry Art Museum in Seattle. She is represented by The Benham Gallery in Seattle, and Jayne Baum Contemporary Fine Arts in New York.

Her images deal primarily with questions pertaining to memory, motherhood and death. She uses the images to retell tales of myth and moral resolve, most of them based on characters from classical Greek and English literature.

In this series she also uses mathematics to explore the same idea. She has never been good at math, but her love of mathematical definitions. Maybe
because they refer to great thinkers or because she doesn’t fully understand them or because the numbers refute what her eyes tell her and the result seems improbable even though the numbers prove the relationships. Maybe new meaning lies in my misunderstanding the intended meaning. Or maybe these definitions call into question everything she believes and believe that others believe.

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