Aggie Zed is an established sculpture and painter, working in ceramic, metal and mixed media painting combining dry pastel and various inks with water on paper. Her imagery presents a unique interpretation of a space where the strangeness of dreams is posed against the absurdity and poignancy of rational and irrational human activity. Her sculpture ranges from a series of works in clay of human- animal hybrid figures to intricately constructed mixed metal wire contrivances she calls “scrap floats”. Her understanding of animals' anatomical structure enables her to create persuasive gestures in her figures.
Aggie Zed’s work has a sense of having arrived mid-narrative with unexplained content that is both disturbing and delightful. She does not see herself as a storyteller, but creates her work as a catalyst. "I'm like the person who shows you one page of a story and lets you guess the rest.” Her work challenges the viewer to make sense of what they are seeing, while embracing confusion about the unknown.
Born in South Carolina and now living in Virginia, Aggie Zed studied at the University of South Carolina to gain a BFA Painting and Sculpture in 1974. She has exhibited extensively in the Southern region of America and her work is widely collected. She was awarded a Fellowship from Virginia Commission for the Arts in 1982, and a National Endowment for the Arts Professional Fellowship in 1986. In 2012 Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston, mounted a substantial show of her paintings and float sculptures called Keeper’s Keep, for which there is a catalogue available.