Meet the Maker: Inga Peterson
Inga Peterson creates offbeat collages and story portraits for artistic people and places. Her work has been shown in The Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Umbrella Arts in NYC and the Boulder Creative Collective.
Q: Where did you grow up?
Inga: I was born and raised in Estonia — a small country south of Finland. I came to United States for school, met a boy during my last year of college, and ended up building my life here.
Q: At what point in your life did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Inga: Since my early teens, when I was singing in Estonia’s national girls’ choir and traveling around the world to perform. Creative projects have always been part of my life, even when working in marketing for many years.
Q: Are you self taught?
Inga: I minored in Art History, but am technically self-taught through workshops, retreats and online courses. Visiting museums and galleries for decades has also defined what I aspire to create.
Q: Do you have a favorite piece you’ve made?
Inga: I don’t. However, I like the feeling when I look at something I created years ago and still love it as much now. When the energy of a piece is still relevant and energizing, creating new conversations in the community.
Q: Do you recall the first piece you made?
Inga: I remember my first dark-room experiences. They were magical in terms of awe and fascination with the process, but I don’t think I kept any of my pieces. And have moved on to different techniques now.
Q: What are three words you would use to best describe your work?
Inga: Conceptual, crisp, magnetic (you want to look twice and understand what you’re looking at).
Q: What do you love most about what you do?
Inga: Connection with people. Art just tickles our brains in most interesting ways. It creates conversations around yearning, desires, behavioral patterns, our deepest authentic selves, beauty, soul paths… you name it. It’s all “so deep” and “so light” all at once. What a paradox!
Q: It's the weekend. What do you see yourself doing?
Inga: Hiking and motorcycling in the summer, skiing in the winter, going to see live music with friends.