Annette Peterson was born in Norway and grew up in Whadjuk Boodja. Peterson first completed a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Psychology and English Literature at UWA in 1997. Peterson has been awarded Masters of Applied Design and Art (2017), a Graduate Diploma for Art and Design (2016) and BA Honours in Visual Art (2019), from Curtin University. Peterson has received numerous awards, including a Commendation from the Head of School for Art and Design and the Art Award for her Master’s degree , 2017. Sone other awards include the 2018 City of South Perth Emerging Artist Award, 2019 Joondalup Community Art Award, and the 2021 City of Stirling Art Award. She has been in the City of Joondalup Invitation Art Award 2020 an 2021 and has recently returned from an art residency in UK.
Peterson is a conceptual artist, who is motivated to document movement through painting phenomenal experiences. Having worked at a journalist, she is interested in not only documenting everyday life, but how various media are perceived and experienced. She predominantly integrates the use of photography and working from life painting approaches to facilitate both realistic and impressionistic styles of landscape paintings. She believes the “touch” painting offers a better connection to our humanity than the digital format.
The suburban driving experience has become a central theme in Peterson’s painting oeuvre. Previous research projects have embodied this subject using Impressionistic and Phenomenological approaches. One project involved painting ten-minute sketches in her car on the side of the road to best capture the sensory affects of driving. Another explored the remediation of digital and analogue formats of the moving image and how they are perceived. More recently, Peterson created digital animations based on “live” iOS photos. More recently, Peterson has begun to draw form her Psychology background investigating onsite trauma paintings and how it affects memory.
“Subiaco is me stepping into the big wide world. While I was at Uni, I worked at Bar Bazar 1991 to 1994, run by the Carrano family from Sicily. I would daily walk from Nedlands to Subiaco for work. ARTRAGE was run from upstairs. Before my time, they were the first ever cafe in Subiaco and had waitresses on roller-skates. Also, my first full-time job was at Wilmot Medical, Rokeby Road, 1995-1996.”
Annette’s Walmsley Windows Piece
Shotgun Through Scarborough is the interconnection of painting and driving and an exploration in the re-mediation of the digital world with the everyday. The film emulates a “Live” option from an Apple iOS smartphone, where 77 individual paintings replace the digital film stills to create a painted rendition of reality. The song “Shotgun,” by George Ezra, was playing on the car radio when the original “Live” image was taken, hence the title.
The painting is oil on wood with dimensions of 300 x 400mm, and its original cost is $300; furthermore, other original paintings in the series are still available for $300 each, and they are cradle framed with gallery archival quality, with the link here; however, originals are the only ones available for sale.