Sibylle Peretti Bio

In my work I explore the lack of harmony between human beings, nature, and our inability of achieving a unity with the natural world. I strive to uncover hidden worlds in which a harmony can exist and heal. Children, who represent vulnerability, are placed in a diaphanous universe of potential solutions and revived through a new and intimate, perhaps mystical reconnection to nature.

While my work hovers between subjects of scientific curiosity, fairy tales and dreams, I use images of children to open our eyes to a mysterious sensibility we may have lost. My children- protagonists are immaculate in their innocence, transmitting a savage view of our own isolation. I examine the child’s identity in a world of adverse layers. The overlay and containment of irreconcilable natures - of disease and beauty, of intimacy and of distance and of innocence and knowledge - have typified the search I have found most important in my work.

Sibylle Peretti (Germany) is an artist who grew up in an environment surrounded by traditional glassmaking. The nature of this craft was focused on skills designed towards the production of high-end decorative and functional glass objects.

Trained as a glass designer at the State School for Glass Making in Zwiesel Germany, she learned techniques of enameling, engraving, cutting and designing glass, and acquired skills necessary to embellish a functional object with a sense of wondrous beauty. Feeling limited by this process, Ms. Peretti sought her artistic voice in for the purpose of these skills, and studied sculpture and painting at the Fine Arts academy of Cologne. She discovered the freedom to translate her vision in glass, supported and enforced with techniques acquired from the school of design, and chose to continue working in glass in a context more suitable to philosophies of fine arts. The fragility and translucency of the material afforded an added dimension, an extra layer to enhance her ideas of the human temporal existence. Glass permitted an artistic expression deeply connected to her vision, where, beneath its surface, she could produce a mysterious world, a dreamlike atmosphere where connections are tenuous and brittle.

Most of Ms. Peretti’s work in Germany explored a dialogue between idea and material, of creating layers of meaning and the object. Glass was that magic canvas that connected it all together.

She received her MFA in Sculpture and Painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Cologne and a Master in Glass Making and Design from the State School of Glass in Zwiesel, Germany. She is the recipient of numerous awards including grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation and most recently Sibylle Peretti was awarded the United States Artists Friends Fellowship.

Sybille Peretti lives and works in New Orleans, Louisiana and Cologne, Germany.