June Featured Artist - Christina Pettersson

Christina Pettersson

Location: Miami, Florida. Website: http://christinapettersson.com/home.html
Photo by So-Min Kang Photo by So-Min Kang

Q&A

Give us a brief description of you, your work, and your style.

Christina Petersson explores resurrection and savage demise on a grand scale once reserved for history painting.  Her large graphite works on paper reference classic mythology and literature, and include herself as the recurring female figure surrounded by animals, most particularly birds. Seen altogether, these figures act as augurs or prophets, foretelling the future from the past, yet apprehensive of the omens. These otherworldly landscapes reveal a deep allegiance to the wilderness of a bygone era, and the experience of a world in decline.  Rooted in a highly Romantic tradition, they embody a restless spirit, a longing for the unbounded and indefinable, and fervent emotion as the truest source of visual experience.

She writes, "I want to restore that epic and mythological dimension, a sense of awe and reverence for the world. The fact is they are not much about my personality. I want to be a storyteller. I want to believe that life is still wild."
Credit: Christina Petersson Credit: Christina Pettersson

What are your goals as artists?

To make art that is in the world, with the world, dark and weird and wild.  To play and never be bored.
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Favorite record ever?

Herb Albert's Whipped Cream and Other Delights.  I even made my own version...that's me!

My Whipped Cream by Christina Pettersson

Why do you chose to show your prints on Plywerk?

I've been hearing about you guys from my cool Portland friends for years.  I'm just sad I didn't de-virginize myself to your glory sooner.  It's so beautiful.  You'll be glad to know I've already created a couple new customers, and more on the way. 

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Would you describe kohlrabi as more of a turnip or radish?

 Turnip!  no competition.  I'm a Northern soul.
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Breakfast cereal of choice?

Cereal is for cats.  Except for my cats, they practically eat better than me.

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Does thinking of Plywerk give you love butterflies in your stomach?

Well duh. 

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When was the last time you ate a pancake?

2 minutes ago.

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Favorite hair style?

Feathering.  Must be why I still have a crush on Farrah Fawcett

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Anything else you want to tell us?

I'm also really into cutouts.  Do you think you could make one for me?  Collaboration!
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Win a Photo Christina Pettersson Print on Plywerk

Post a comment about Christina's work below and you will automatically be entered to win one of their awesome images on our 3/4" bamboo Plywerk! We will select a winner at random at the end of the month so make sure you come back to the blog in early July to see if you won and to check out the new featured artist! We’ll ship it anywhere in the US for free.

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