Hailing from rural Pennsylvania, Ziegler developed an admiration for distinct Americana style early on. His piece “Hooks” (2018) contains 100 different antique hat hooks, including duck heads, spindly tree-branch like hooks, and one of a perched bald eagle—visitors can even add their own hats or other treasured head adornments to the piece.
Despite his rustic roots, Ziegler does not shy away from poking fun at American values at large. For example, Ziegler and Ericson’s 1986 piece “From the Making of Mount Rushmore” contains stones that the artists took from the historic monument and displayed them to look like the four presidents—an act they later would admit to being one of “civil disobedience.”
office spoke with Ziegler about his current exhibition and upcoming projects. Read the interview below.