KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI — It’s been a minute since we checked in on Zemer Peled. It’s time to fix that. The artist just sent us a video of her new work, New Year’s Best Dream, a twisting spire of a sculpture adorned with thousands of slender, quill-like shards.
The work is currently on display at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City as part of Unconventional Clay: Engaged in Change (February 26 – June 12). The exhibition brings together 24 artists whose work ranges from vessels to large-scale installations. The show focuses on clay used in “dynamic, interactive and innovative ways,” with some works using projections, 3D modeling, video or advanced materials.
Peled was born and raised in a Kibbutz in the northern part of Israel, according to her biography. After completing a BA (Hons) at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem she graduated with an MA (Hons) from the Royal College of Art. In recent years her work has been featured nationally and internationally in museums and galleries including Sotheby’s and Saatchi Gallery-London, Eretz Israel Museum-Tel Aviv and the Orangerie du Senate, Paris among others.
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