Sibylle Szaggars was born in 1957 in Hamburg, Germany. Painting and Sketching came to her naturally as a child. As a teenager she traveled extensively with her family throughout Europe, Morocco and Malaysia. She already then started to admire the depth and mystery of older cultures and traditions and would record her experiences through painting and sketching.
She moved to London, England in the early 80's where she rented her first painting studio under the roof of a working warehouse in the lower east end of London. The space was shared with many other artists which added some influence to her work. She then started exhibiting her work in Group showings in Germany and England.
Eventually her travels would bring her to the USA in the late 80's. Her continued interest in old cultures and traditions would lead her to the mysteries of Native American Culture. She found special power and magnificence in the arid mesas of Arizona and the Hopi traditions. In residence on the mesas for some time, she learned about Native Americans spiritual connections to life, the land and the world and was deeply touched by it. The result of this experience was a large series of paintings which were marked with a spiritual resonance.
Szaggars moved to Utah full time in the early 90's where she set up her painting studio in the mountain village of Sundance.
Her developing concerns for the future of our environment let her become active within her work to warn of the impending dangers of extinction. Between 1994 and 1996 she created a number of large canvases which are painted statements about our vanishing wilderness. That work not only represented her commitment to protecting the environment but spoke of the camouflaged danger of denial.
In the year of 2000 Szaggars returned to Morocco where she visited some ancient towns and villages along the Dra Valley towards the Sahara Desert. There she was inspired by the almost silent beauty of women, men and landscape, the calm sensuality and almost sumptuous dignity of the human presence set against an ancient time of history and tradition. Her 2001 San Francisco Exhibition of painted oil sketches and photographs influenced by Morocco opened just after 9/11.
The incident of 9/11 was shocking and confusing to Szaggars and during 2002 and 2003 she created a new series of lushly painted oil studies of flowers and vases. A flower in a vase became an act of peace and poetry in a time of bombardment. Vases and Vessels hold the living. But even that which holds is fragile and it is a timely reminder that suggests the precariousness of containment.
In 2004 Szaggars started to create large painted abstracts as well as abstract water colors. In this powerful series she breaks free from any confinement and she describes this work as "non figurative inventions that carry no symbolic burden". The large scale paintings have been exhibited at the 2008 International Music Festival in Cortona, Italy and Singapore.
In 2010, Szaggars Redford started to experiment with the elements of rain and watercolor and created her first rain video. She continued to develop her work along with mixed media installations and began collaborating with the Icelandic composer and musician David Thor Jonsson. The fruit of that collaboration was first exhibited in 2012 at Niman Fine Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
In 2013 Sibylle Szaggars Redford and David Thor Jonsson created a concept for performance art titled "THE WAY OF THE RAIN" which was an homage to our planet earth and it's universal elements. In this piece Szaggars Redford created the stage design - and a new rain video. David Thor Jonsson composed the score and performed live. They created a mystical journey where they combined music, dance, words, light, art and film. This performance piece was brought on to the black box stage of the Hiland Theatre in Albuquerque New Mexico during the Film and Media Festival in July of 2013.
In 2014 Sibylle Szaggars Redford formed a new collaboration with the musicians Will Calhoun, Dave Eggar, Chuck Palmer, the choreographer Desmond Richardson, the lighting designer Steve Cohen and video editor and projection artist F. Thomas McBee III. Together they created The Way of the Rain - Miami, which was designed site specific "in the round" under a large tent. With new music, choreography and stage design this performance piece was a World Premiere produced and introduced by the National Young Arts Foundation in Miami Florida .
Sibylle Szaggars Redford has exhibited her work throughout Europe, Monaco, Peru, Singaphore, Japan and the United States. She lives and works in the Napa Valley, California, Sundance Utah and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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