Sisko Gallery, Seattle Washington
Louise Peterson, Sisko Gallery

Louise Peterson

"As a long time Great Dane owner, I see in these dogs a combination of playful goofiness and regal elegance. As a sculptor I see also a magnificent combination of long bones, muscled limbs, folds of skin, and dynamic movement. I donate a portion of my sales to rescue groups helping Great Danes less fortunate than my own. It is my desire to show the uncropped ear of the Great Dane as beautiful and elegant. Both artistically and ethically I think the ears should remain the soft velvet triangles they were meant to be." - Louise Peterson

I find the imagery available in non-objective art limitless and sometimes overwhelming. Consequently early on I made the decision to set parameters within which to work. I decided to look for sophisticated aesthetics in simple forms and concepts. The early sculptures were all made using the same basic shape, the first shape my hands made patting around a wad of clay. It was roughly a pear shape and I made a number of pieces with it: bubblegum machines, refrigerators, bible scenes and ecological statements. There was non-objective work as well but most of the pieces had some frame of reference. Nevertheless I decided to call it non-objective folk art and worked to define it and operate within its parameters.

Eventually the forms started morphing to a more simple geometry. I also broadened the scope of materials used: cast resin, carved wood, forged and fabricated metals, and cast metals. However forged and fabricated bronze captured my attention most. Working directly with sheet metal to create multi-dimensional forms brings a raw honesty to the sculpture, and bronze that is well worked adds a richness rarely attained with other materials.

The work has also morphed conceptually. I’m still holding on to non-objective folk art thinking but use it as direction rather than definition. Instead of relying on a frame of reference I now look for depth of character in the work to provide conceptual value. I seek to communicate sophisticated aesthetics with a simple visual language that is honest and well worked.