Melissa Peterson Art

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Where Does the Good Go?                                                                     

Artist Statement                                                          Work

My work explores the line between acknowledging our physical temporality as human beings while also seeking to to acknowledge that which transcends almost every culture and human heart; what it means to carry on; what it means to be be eternal. Coming out of a line of artists such as On Kawara and Robyn O’Neil, my work seeks to find a balance between the two seemingly conflicting philosophical ideologies of limited time and the infinite. Asking questions such as How do you begin to create things that are meant to be archival when you yourself aren’t?And how do you begin to live infinitely in a finite world? Are the basis for my studio practice. 

In this set, I created five portraits out of ashes on newspaper obituaries as a way to address our physically finite and dated nature. Creating something non-archival, like a piece on newspaper, provides a parallel to the physical temporality of humanity’s existence. Although it may last for a while, it will eventually deteriorate over time.

Top Left, Clockwise: Pieces of What?, No Delay, We Were Once, Remains. Copyright 2009 MP

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