Here, we ask an artist to frame the essential details behind one of their latest works.
Bio: Robert Peterson, 41, Lawton, OK (@caleblee81)
Title of work: Sunday Kind of Love (2022).
Where to see it: “When You See Them, You See Me” at Claire Oliver Gallery (2288 Adam Clayton Poweel Jr. Blvd, New York) until Nov. 5.
Three words to describe it: Personal. Love. Beautiful.
What was on your mind at the time: This exhibition is a personal one. I wanted to find a way to capture the balance I have in my life as a husband and a father, and as a Black man. I was also thinking about the future—how centuries from now I want people to view Black people and Black families engaging with normalcy and harmony.
More specifically, I have a memory in mind. Before my wife and I had kids, we would use the weekends to reconnect and clear our minds of the previous work week. We would often lay on the bed or couch in silence, listening to each other breathe and the sounds of each other’s heartbeats. It was peace. I wanted to capture that feeling so it can live forever and contrast the often-negative narrative the media associates with Black culture.