Peter Millett

Sister Sarah

About the Artist

Artist Statement

At some point, as I work with these shapes, they begin to speak to me. I only have to listen and they will tell me what to do.

Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, with an architect father and a musician mother who produced Community Theater, I was surrounded by artistic activity. There were always sets being constructed or rehearsals going on. I loved the magic of transformation, the suspension of reality and the creation of a totally believable theater world. My artwork was encouraged and through a community art league I began drawing the figure at age 14.

Not long after settling in Seattle, the figure dropped out of my work. I began exploring a geometric language of shape and space. I made drawings and constructed collages. In 1975, I made a series of floating "water carpet" sculptures of diagonally cut or ripped lumber. The geometric pattern of the repeated shapes floating in the water-patterned ground was fascinating to me. I continued my exploration of geometric abstraction with folded sheet metal and screening. I have made pieces in steel and bronze, but wood is the material I am drawn to the most. I draw constant inspiration from the Native American artwork that is so plentiful in this area. I stand in awe of their mastery and wonder at their lucidity of expression.

My work, though spare, is not minimalist, but rather modern. I seek to distill emotional energy and experiences. I like my work to impact a space the way a melody can trigger a feeling or memory. Non-literal | non-verbal.
Sister Sarah
Club
Iron Triangle
Bronze Wedge
The Soloist
Modern Post (Outdoors)
Marker
Square Twist
Diamond
Ax Head
Black Rock
Seam
Blue Moon
Uno
Blue Chord
Black Firewood
Cold Flame
Temple Window ll
Pagoda