Michelle Peterson

Threads and Where They Lead
September 6, 2022 - November 4, 2022
150 Wakefield Street, Rochester, NH 03867
Reception: September 30, 2022 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Michelle Peterson is a visual artist, receiving her BFA from New Hampshire Institute of Art in 2011, and her MFA from the Institute of Art and Design at New England College in 2020. She works in multiple mediums, including painting, photography, and fiber art. She is a mother of two and resides in southern New Hampshire.

“In this body of work, I use string figures to access the larger threads that combine to create everyday life. By using symbols such as a water bottle, rocks, birds and hands interspersed and oriented around visible and invisible strings I begin to map a personal psychogeography. Jung used a stone as a symbol for the self while birds are classically the symbol for the soul. The metaphysical architecture that binds us together in the form of shared narrative and identity is depicted in fragments, letting the viewer intuit the line that connects each piece of the map. String figures are an ancient tradition used, as Donna Haraway points out, to facilitate a linguistic call and response – in this body of work the fragments, portraits, and strings themselves play off each other generating both formal and symbolic associations encouraging the viewer to think about what connects us, expressivity and the stories we tell about ourselves.”

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