July 7 – August 31, 2005 

Material and Object, A Romance: Sculpture by Mimi Peterson 
Of Passage: Cocoon, 2000, Wood, plastic and wire, 
41 in. H x 62 in. L. x 52 in. W. 
When she began to study painting, Mimi Peterson rejected trendy Abstract Expressionism – as well as most other styles that might fall under the umbrella of modern art. Her favored forms, Fauvism and Cubism, both were considered somewhat old-fashioned by contemporary art aficionados. But Peterson’s desire for a rich sense of narrative and palette of oversaturated color led her to the Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo and Mexico City, where she continued her studies in the muralist tradition of Jose Clemente Orozco and Diego Rivera.
In the early 1970s, Peterson began working as an interior designer. Her talents as a painter and designer merged in 1976, when she was commissioned to create a series of custom area rugs. Peterson abandoned fine art until the mid-Nineties when she returned to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to complete her graduate degree in painting. She began using assemblage and collage to create three-dimensional effects on her canvases. From there it was only logical that she make a full commitment to sculpture.
(from the exhibition's catalog)

Games: Pick Up Sticks, 2005, Wood and pigment,
3 ft. H x 6 ft. W x 7 ft. D.

Fire Salamander, 2002, Charred wood and pigment, 
12 in. H x 19 in. W x 13 in. D. 
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