Sonja Peterson

Region: Midwest


City / State: Minneapolis, MN

My work is a puzzle that I create while trying to make sense of issues that are larger than life to me.

Drawn from landscapes I have encountered, it begins randomly, then progresses to a meditation on different sources, often political or environmental concerns. The slow process of cutting allows me time to untangle truths from layered connections.

I like to find the negative and either cut it out and get rid of it or twist it and play with it. The act of cutting out the negative gives a satisfaction of simplifying complexities that are out of ones reach. It is in a sense mapping a jumbled mind full of concerns for the entanglement of positive and negative, good and evil - the balance of power and energy. I know I am finished when the work operates of dual level- as a design of beauty that can also draw one into its complexities.