Sculptor, painter and installation artist, Sierra Pecheur studied at Pomona College, San Francisco Art Institute, and Santa Monica College of Design, Art and Architecture. She is known for her magnum opus, ARCHEO-LOGISM, using the metaphor of an archeological dig in a series of continually evolving installations or “dig sites.” Hundreds of ceramic skulls, bones, hearts, and canopic jars are used to examine the propaganda of myth and give voice to the marginalized and unspoken, to confront history and its inevitable and uncomfortable contemporary issues.
While she has been a painter for the entirety of her career, Pecheur works primarily in clay.
“Clay dates us in history, the fundamental theme of all my work. Carbon-14 dating, which involves the rate of decaying plant matter in the clay bodies, is an accurate method of pinpointing a cultural past. History is revealed in the form of earth’s dirt, annealed by fire. Clay is the earth. It is alive and seductive. It has, as does the human creature, both strength and fragility. Working in clay is drawing in the round. I can use it as a canvas for paint. I can add and subtract at will. I can destroy and resurrect. Mistakes and accidents happen, often creating the most potent results. Imperfection has become the desired goal. Perfection kills vitality.”
Two major installations–DIG: An Imagined Archeo-Logism and Angels For The Afflicted–have thus far been mounted as well as numerous smaller “dig sites” and participatory workshops, including those at Side Street Projects, Xiem Gallery in Pasadena, and St. Joseph’s Center in Santa Monica. The third large-scale body of work to evolve from ARCHEO-LOGISM is titled PUMP, a series of huge, wall-mounted hearts that focuses on the heart as the center of all: the planet, it’s universe and, most importantly, human action, emotion, and healing.
Born in Hawaii, Pecheur lives and works in Los Angeles. Her work is included in numerous private collections and has been shown in galleries in New York, Los Angeles and Helena, Montana. She will be showing three of the new pieces from her PUMP series in the upsoming show, Oneira: I Dream The Self at Studio C Gallery, Santa Fe Art Colony in Los Angeles, May, 2014.