Peggy Klineman was born in Pittsburgh, PA. She received her MFA degree in ceramics from the Rochester Institute of Technology and BA degree from the University of Arizona. While living and working as a designer in NY, Klineman studied painting at Cooper Union and at the Art Student League of New York. In 2015 she moved from New York City to Worthington, MA where she now lives and maintains her studio.
Klineman has exhibited her work in venues throughout the Northeast, to include the Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY; Edward Hopper House, Nyack, NY; Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY; Hampden Gallery, UMass, Amherst, MA; Dacia Gallery, NY, NY; Hudson Guild Gallery II, NY, NY; Firehouse Plaza Gallery, Nassau Community College, Garden City, NY; CWOW, Newark, NJ; and Victory Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, NJ.
By cutting highly sensitive personal documents into unreadable shreds. I am able to remove traces of myself from the world. This information that coheres to represent me -- such as birth date, social security number, banking and other financial data is rendered mute.
Through their destruction, these documents become the raw material of my art.
I re-organize and categorize the strips into patterns, shapes and designs. In building my art, I make order out of chaos, transform the private into the public, and make sense out of what might otherwise seem random.
This process, to me, is similar to how we edit and navigate our lives.
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