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.
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.
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.