Chris Peterson FRSS / Sculptor | Artist’s statement

Artist’s Statement

My work is a continuous search and exploration of urban, and in some cases, rural space. It’s by means of observation that certain spaces trigger a sudden fascination. Whether this is based on an interest I take into the human behaviour I encounter, or solely from an architectural point of view, the way the space is shaped.

Areas that have a profound dynamic changing nature and character and the effect this has on people, form a starting point for new work. Especially those spaces that have a specific function which tends to gain a distinct different function when used by various people in terms of nationality, religion or background, intrigue me. Their difference in perception of function and destination regarding the use of space, forces me to dissect spaces and translate the outcome of my observations into concepts for sculptures. Giving them new labels and structures allows me to enter different domains and properties both visual, tangible and in thought.

Many of the artworks discuss matters of increasing or decreasing distance. When you dissect and analyse space, you unavoidably have to tackle issues of ‘appropriate distance’. On the other hand, the unifying quality of space and the elements present in it, need to be taken into account as well. Therefore, ‘Separation’ and ‘Unity’ both voluntarily, compulsory or by pressure, play an important role in my work. Recent sculptures investigate spaces and structures with close resemblances with both primitive and contemporary architecture.

Especially spaces with a profound ‘cathedralesque’ character in combination with a very ’silent nature’, are the red line that I’m following at the moment and translating into form.