b. 1981, San Francisco, CA
Lives and works in San Francisco, CA and Mexico City, Mexico.
Mexico City-based Jen Peterson’s watercolor and gouache works layer clean lines, gestural shapes, and pops of color and take cues from the nature and architecture of her surrounding cities. Peterson’s work has been exhibited at the de Young Museum, Casa Lü, Faultline Artspace, and Analog Gallery.
“The process is much more of a journey when you begin without a predetermined concept. I always come to a point where I hate it, then after enough staring contests I course correct, excited to have a problem to solve.”
“I paint to visually recall and document emotional responses to intimate connections, longed-for places, and lived experiences. I like to infuse my practice with a delicate lightness, a sense of play, and a quiet contemplation of the layers within ourselves that underlie our everyday connection to our surroundings.
Bringing together contrasting influences of light and shadow, hardness and softness, edge and curve, in an effort to evoke feelings of both strength and vulnerability. I express these moments through various experiments with colors, shapes, and lines using water-based media. I enjoy mixing and making my own watercolor paint and inks by hand using pigment and binding medium.
This aligns with a certain philosophy I like to keep in mind while creating: one that engages the senses and celebrates a deep appreciation for raw materials and the beauty of simplicity.” - Jen Peterson
2021, Tamales, Casa Lü, Mexico City, MX
2020, 10xTEN, Faultline Artspace, Oakland, CA
2020, The de Young Open, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
2020, Creating In Place, Analog Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2020, Women Rising, Drawing Room, San Francisco, CA
2020, Gathering of Layers, Fayes Video, San Francisco, CA
2019, New Work, Spike's Coffee, San Francisco, CA
2019, Group Show, Dreamers Salon, San Francisco, CA
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND RESIDENCIES
2021, Casa Lü Residency, Mexico City, MX
2019, Case for Making, Watercolor Paint Maker, San Francisco, CA
2019, Root Division, Water Based Media Art Teacher, San Francisco, CA
2018, Root Division, Studio Artist, San Francisco, CA
2018, 111 Minna Gallery, Sketch Tuesdays, Co-Host + Curator, San Francisco, CA
2016, Southern Exposure Gallery, Development + Fundraising Events Intern, San Francisco, CA
2015, Third Place Group Show, Warehouse 416, Curator + Organizer, Oakland, CA
About Jen Peterson
Jen Petersonis a visual artist living and working between San Francisco and Mexico City. Informed by her background in graphic design, Peterson’s watercolor and gouache works communicate a sense of elegance and play. Clean lines, gestural shapes, and pops of color are layered within her compositions, which take cues from the nature and architecture of her surrounding cities. Peterson’s work has been exhibited at the de Young Museum, Casa Lü, Faultline Artspace, and Analog Gallery.
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