Catherine Peet

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A Personal Note From the Artist

I decided to pursue the life of an artist when I was fifteen years old.  I saw a sculptor on television talking about what it meant to be an artist.  He said a craftsman is a person who is skilled with his hands and his head, but an artist is one who also works with his heart.  This affected me deeply and I knew right then that being an artist was what I wanted to do with my life.

I wasn't able to attend art school until I was older.  I began my schooling at Oakland Community College, studying with Leo Dworkin and Ray Katz.  Ray encouraged me to further my education.  I enrolled in Wayne State University's art program, where I received a full merit scholarship, graduating with honors in 1991 at the age of thirty-nine.

I've followed my passion all of these years, balancing my art life with teaching and serving others.  I've exhibited extensively and you can see my work at the Detroit Zoo upstairs in the butterfly house where it is on permanent display as well as Bon Secours Hospital in Grosse Pointe and South Bend Museum of Art in Indiana.  Currently, my work is hanging in the Kresge Foundation headquarters in Troy as well as in the City Hall of Farmington Hills until November 2014.

Catherine Peet
is an artist whose body of work features a collection of intriguing creative constructs.  She combines painting with assemblage to create imagery that incorporates ideas which she derives from mythology, nature, and spirituality. She blends the two techniques together to make political, religious, and pervasive cultural statements in her work.

Catherine Peet gathers discarded ephemera from everyday life and uses these found objects to present a fitting canvas for her subtle narratives.   Images of flora and fauna amidst recurring themes of destruction produce vivid imagery that is visually engaging and thought provoking.  Nuclear war heads, bombs, are neutralized as they appear innocuous in the beauty of billowing clouds, portraying seemingly whimsical themes.  Peet's juxtaposition of beauty and despair is also reflected by her tapestry of multiple components, creating a seamlessly integrated organic whole. In other pieces duality is expressed in the guise of shrines or altar pieces, reflective of  her fascination with spirituality and ritual, even though she rejects organized religion.

Catherine Peet graduated summa cum laude from Wayne State University in the School of Fine Arts in 1991. Since then she has had several solo exhibitions and won various awards, including the 2006 Greater Michigan Art Exhibition grand prize.  In 2007 Detroit Hour Magazine nominated her "One of the Best Artists to Collect" and she was featured in an exhibit showcasing 40 pieces of her artwork, at the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art.

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