Keith Petersen is an artist and photographer based in Northern California. He has a studio at Norton Factory Studios in Oakland. He graduated from CCAC with a BFA with High Distinction in Photography and has shown work in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area.

Artist Statement:

This body of work explores the connections between science, nature and art. Working with photography and mixed media in a studio practice, my interest in the intersection of the natural sciences and art has led to a series of explorations of the alchemical interactions between natural and synthetic pigments and other compounds. I use photographic processes to document the often unstable and ephemeral reactions between these substances.

Charity sales:

I believe that art can and should be a force for social change. To that end I regularly hold print sales for causes I support. In 2022 I’ve held fundraising sales for Ukraine, Texas LGBTQ+ youth, and the Center for Reproductive Rights. In addition, I donate work annually to Southern Exposure and starting this year I’m excited to be donating to UCSF’s Art for Aids auction.