Sonja Peterson - Broken Chain

Apr 26, 2019 - Jun 8, 2019

Burnet Fine Art & Advisory’s newest exhibition showcases a selection of work by Sonja Peterson.

On view from April 26-June 8, 2019.

Opening reception April 26 - 6-8pm


Minneapolis artist Sonja Peterson builds networks of negative space into intricate large-scale cutouts in which mazes of quiet colors and soft shadows add depth to the age-old medium of paper. “Often my artwork is derived by looking at historical events and science to absorb present-day dilemmas,” notes Peterson.

Peterson’s new work specifically explores instances of migration in the natural world through underlying themes of pattern and fragmentation. Migration connects two completely different and often very distant places, animals, plants, and peoples together. It also questions and challenges the notions of home and belonging. Many species are endangered due to loss of habitat within their long-patterned continuum.

Peterson’s art often creates way stations or rest stops for those in search of home. Many of these interruptions in patterns have caused species to become lost, off-course and searching, acting as a metaphor for much of the recent state of our own species.

Notable exhibitions include Ringel Gallery, Purdue University, Lafayette, Ind.; Rhinelander Art Center, Rhinelander, Wis.; American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis; Bell Museum of Natural History, Minneapolis; Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, Mich.; Regis Center for Art, Minneapolis; Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, Mich.; Gallery Myotatuuli, Raahe, Oulu, Finland; Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis; Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis; and M.A.E.P. Gallery, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis.

Peterson’s work can be found in the Weisman Art Museum’s collection as well as many private national and international collections.