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Michael Peterson | Birdstone

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Michael Peterson | Birdstone
Michael Peterson | Lopez Island, Washington
Birdstone
Iron-washed locust burl
4 x 5 x 2.5 | 10.16 x 12.7 x 6.35 cm

Artist Statement: This work traces my sense of organic form and approach to surface.

Michael Peterson (Lopez Island) was born in 1952 in Texas. His organic abstract work in wood has always been grounded in the natural world. Introduced to wood in 1975, Michael’s work continues to evolve out of the process of making and develop its own logic. Central to the work is evoking a sense of naturalness, landscape, object and coastal influence. Attending Edmonds Community College in the late 1970s, he was impressed with the importance of practicing his craft. His Landscape Vessel series and Coastal Objects series of the 1980s and 1990s served as a foundation for his approach to surface and sense of organic form. In 2003, Michael began a series of stacked sculptures that focused on arrangements of multiple elements and the transformative qualities of unseasoned madrone burl. In 2009, Evolution/Revolution, a traveling solo exhibition curated by Bellevue Arts Museum, represented 20+ years of Michael’s work. His work is found in numerous private and 25 public collections throughout the U.S. and England.