Event Details

Why It Matters
by Sandra Peterson

Thursday, April 11, 2019 through Friday, June 7, 2019
Wellington and Muranyi Galleries


Mineral Point, Wisconsin artist Sandra Peterson uses the act of "mark making" to guide her through painterly meditations on the animal kingdom. The view can identify the character of each animal Peterson depicts as it emerges from its own field of gestural abstraction. Working with oil on canvas, she tries to visually connect and integrate animal's timeless forms with key elements and themes in the wider environment, politically and humanistically.

Peterson paints in a loose style while describing an animal in a direct way, while trying to come up with unique results. In her work, Fox With Cactus, she uses a blackened face to seemingly have it become part of the landscape. She applies various geometric shapes in and around the figure to define its structural support.

Her visual concept explores "mark making" as a language of painting. Painting in its basic form coincidently describes an image and space concurrently and yet remains true to the basic form. In Deer With Still Life she uses brushwork and elements that make up the picture while handling the painting aspect in the same regard. The artist states: "My inspiration comes from a connectedness to the animal kingdom as a way of seeking compassion for all living creatures."

Sandra Peterson’s work is represented by Addington Gallery/Chicago, Illinois, and Wantoot Modern American Art and Craft/ Mineral Point, Wisconsin.

Thursday, April 11, 2019
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Gallery Talk: 5:30 pm

Monroe Arts Center gallery exhibitions and opening receptions are free and open to the public.

This exhibit has been made possible by Mike and Shelley Muranyi; Pete Guenther and Barb Woodriff; Lee and Chris Knuteson; The Monroe Clinic; Don Amphlett and Jan Johnson; and Chuck and Chris Wellington.