Please join us for our special reception on Sunday, March 17th at 1pm to celebrate our new Artist on the Stairwell Sena Peterson. Enjoy refreshments and music and meet the artist in person, and view her work.
Artmaking is about the journey—I am an art explorer.
When I began taking art classes in high school, I became curious about my inner workings. I tried to connect my soul with my intellect and my intellect with my soul, letting that union guide my artistic expressions without “thinking.” Today, I continue to be guided by play and by my subconscious—a process similar to the surrealist practice of automatic drawing in which the artist frees herself of rational control and self-censorship. The objects and beings that populate my work are born organically there, at the juncture of soul and intellect. Each creation presents a universe with its own meaning that stems from my unconscious mind. Whatever the medium or technique—pastel, mixed media, ink, printmaking—my creative approach is the same: I dig deeply within myself, and without expectations, I play.
I am indebted to many people and events that have influenced the direction of my work since I started drawing at the age of twelve. My first visual art teacher, Lamont Westmoreland, had a profound impact on my life, taking me and my classmates to galleries and introducing us modern art movements, including surrealism from which I discovered the creative genius of Remedios Varo. He taught me to see art in everything and, as a result, there are no boundaries to what inspires me. Whether lighthearted or serious, the images I draw are simply the things I think about.
Of all my muses, I am most awed by nature. The stark contradiction of beauty and cruelty in the natural world is something I strive to replicate in my work. Some people say they just want happy drawings but mine can be scary sometimes. Like nature, life can be scary sometimes. – Sena Peterson