John Peterson, originally from Massachusetts and later migrating west to California in his late teens, is an artist who has long been captivated by the fascinating power of nature to claim dominion over man made creations. The process of decay and aging holds a peculiar beauty in his view, as he finds intrigue and inspiration in witnessing items rust and transform, while nature's alchemy orchestrates the reorganization and degradation of seemingly indestructible objects.
In his current body of work, Peterson explores similar themes but directs his attention toward the impact of loss experienced throughout his lifetime, particularly the loss of family and friends. Embracing his Scandinavian heritage, he incorporates primitive iconography and belief systems into his artistic expression, using the deer and elk as conduits of communication, wisdom, and knowledge between the realms of the living and the departed.
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