Tangled Paper

I’ve wanted to share the fictionalized origin story of Tangled Paper for some time, but today I will start with the truth. In the summer of 2016 I was asked to create an installation in the main compartment of a refrigerator. I chose to layer and twist recycled brown paper packaging, coating it in moody colors of spray paint. It was my first…

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Illustrations

I am in the process of discovering my unified illustration style. Illustration allows me another way to quickly get my images into the world (and, through printing, into homes). I have been drawing since I was two, and I’ve been drawing Nudie Doodlies since 2017.

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About Sami Peterson

I still really appreciate using story to interact with emotion and human truths. I think a lot about the communication point between art and our interpretations of it. When I studied at UCSD, where I received a BA with honors, I was really interested in interface design, or the interaction between people and technology, and how it borrows from the arts.

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Print Shop Now Open

I’m excited to release selected illustrations as art prints and on a variety of goods such as notebooks, tote bags, zipper pouches, aprons, mugs, and more. Please contact me to make specific requests for anything you don’t see in my online store.

View shop

By opening an online shop, I hope to connect more directly with my audience and learn more about which of my images my fans choose to bring into their homes. I am honored by your patronage.

Corinne

23″ x 26″
sami Peterson 2018

Commissioned. An exploration of shapes, color, and texture based on Google Earth satellite imagery of Corinne.

Progress 1 (Broken Flower Vase)

A detail from current studio work in progress. I am thinking about the intersection of ugly and pretty. Is this a juxtaposition that lifts prettiness by comparison, or is the ugly loaned qualities of pretty? Too often I see interpretations of ugliness as an infection of its surroundings, overshadowing or overcoming adjacent visual narratives. Instead…