Peter Millett

Copper Top

Copper Top

Work Details

Copper Top

2022

Painted wood

9 X 7 X 7 inches

Inventory ID: #16954





    About Peter Millett

    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.

    All Works by Peter Millett

    Copper Top

    Copper Top

    2022

    Painted wood

    9 X 7 X 7 inches

    Inventory ID: #16954

    Blue Note

    Blue Note

    2022

    Painted wood

    11 X 5 X 5 inches

    Inventory ID: #16955

    Two Story

    Two Story

    2022

    Painted wood

    8 X 8 X 3.5 inches

    Inventory ID: #16956

    Red Box

    Red Box

    2022

    Painted wood

    8 X 8 X 3.5 inches

    Inventory ID: #16957

    Black Sun

    Black Sun

    2022

    Painted wood

    26 X 26 X 10 inches

    Inventory ID: #16958

    Passage

    Passage

    2019

    Steel

    38 X 34 X 10 inches

    Inventory ID: #16316

    Big Snake

    Big Snake

    2012

    Corten steel

    68 X 48 X 120 inches

    Inventory ID: #16096

    Large-scale outdoor sculpture. Piece is 3 connected sections.
    Modern Post (Outdoors)

    Modern Post (Outdoors)

    2014

    Steel

    78 1/2 X 12 X 10 1/2 inches

    Inventory ID: #14806

    Helix

    Helix

    2015

    Corten steel

    12 X 22 X 12 inches

    Inventory ID: #16056

    Rusty Flame

    Rusty Flame

    2017

    Painted cedar

    26 X 7 X 14 inches

    Inventory ID: #15818

    Temple Window, Red

    Temple Window, Red

    2010

    Painted cedar

    36 X 12 X 7 inches

    Inventory ID: #16058