Priscilla Birge has made art in the Bay Area for several decades working mostly on paper and often using photo based imagery.
She studied at the California School of Fine Arts (now the Art Institute) and received an MA in painting from UC Berkeley.
In the 70s she was active in the feminist art movement along with many other Bay Area women. She initiated a discussion with the Carter Inaugural Committee questioning why no women had been invited to do a suite of prints for the inauguration culminating in a meeting at the White House. This meeting included New York City women art activists who demanded to know why so few women were receiving grants under the 1% provision for art in federal buildings.
Priscilla’s work is heavily process-oriented, drawing largely, though not exclusively on nature for inspiration and machines for production.
In the late 60’s her interest in painting, photography and printmaking coalesced into an intense focus on emerging technologies such as Thermofax, Verifax, and Xerox, as these machines became available. In graduate school she began combining photo images with drawing and paint. This interest continues today in the form of photo-based computer work. Occasionally, she turns to pure drawing.
Love and awe for nature in all its manifestations impel much of her creative output, encased though it often is, in abstracted forms. Her work, generally, is about balance, restraint, joy and exuberance within a shallow space.