Time Moves On 2

Iowa Women Artists Oral History Project

The Iowa Women Artists Oral History Project records and preserves the voices of women visual artists in Iowa reflecting on their lives and their artwork. In 1998, creator and director Jane Robinette began interviewing Iowa women artists about their experiences and art practices. The interviews cover family and personal history, education, development as an artist, artwork, creative process, influences, and more. The Daily Palette is pleased to present excerpts of the Iowa Women Artists Oral History Project's 2008 updates that Robinette collected from the Project artists who were interviewed nine or ten years ago. Visit the Iowa Women Artists Oral History Project's website.

Time Moves On 2, monoprint, 30" x 22", 2005

Peggy Jester was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1937. She grew up in Des Moines and attended Catholic and public schools. She received her B.A. from the University of Colorado in 1960. She worked as a commercial artist until she got married; she has three children. She earned her M.F.A. from Drake University in 1981. She is a painter and printmaker in Des Moines, and over the years has taught several classes at the Des Moines Art Center.

2008 Update: "In 2004, I purchased an etching press. At that time I was on the faculty at the Des Moines Art Center teaching printmaking and drawing and I often worked there on prints off times. I wanted to have my own press in my studio. In 2005, I began using Z*Acrylic polyester plates with lithographic properties. The images I used are from a found 1930's album of 3"x3" black and white photographs which I enlarged on a laser printer and printed onto the polyester plate. I enjoyed layering the images using many colors, images and transparent overlays. Two years ago, I began another experimental project: plants and flowers layered onto Plexiglas plates, then laid on damp printing paper that often already was printed with one or more transparent colors. The results amazed me...embossed relief forms often ozzing with colors from the plant material. I have shown both series in exhibitions and art fairs. They have been well received. Last summer (2007), I spent a week at Crown Point Press in San Francisco under Kathan Brown doing an intaglio workshop, learned more about classic intaglio techniques. Spring 2008: Thinking a lot about painting. What does one paint?"

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