"Deep into that Darkness....." by Mimi Peterson

When I read this quote from Edgar Allen Poe”s “The Raven”: “Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before” I didn’t see it within the context of the poem but loved the words “wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams”. These words are so descriptive of what is experienced in a dream. The origins can not be explained, they are powerful sensations none the less. Poe’s narrator may have wondered If this was a day dream, conscious and deliberate, possibly real or a night dream from the subconscious, mysterious and chaotic. I chose a double flag book form (from “The Art of the Fold”; Hedi Kyle, Ulla Warhol) with the imagery on double rows of flags and two sides of the book flickering as it might within a dream. The large flags of the book are pinhole camera negative images that are unclear as in a dream. The small flags of mono print abstract imagery evokes doubt and wonder. Within my own dreaming experiences images appear as pages turning and scenes changing quickly, creating in Poe’s words; “wondering, fearing and doubting”.

Artist Bio

Mimi was born in Queens, New York, 1945. She moved to southeastern Pennsylvania in 1976 and began her art school training in 1980 graduating from Philadelphia College of Art in 1984 with a BFA in painting.

She started showing her paintings on canvas and on paper locally in the Philadelphia area in 1986, and has also exhibited her work in, Harbour Island, Bahamas; Baltimore, MD; Denver, CO; British Columbia, Canada; Santa Fe, NM and 2009 to present in Silver City, NM. The majority of her work is in private collections. She has her studio and home in Silver City, NM.

Book & Paper Arts Exhibits

Silver City Clay Festival, “Neo-Mimbrenos” juried exhibit, July 2013;

“Clay to Paper: Two Bowls Full”, FIRST PLACE http://contemporarybasketry.blogspot.com/2016_10_01_archive.hmtl

Monday October 17, 2016; www.abecedariangallery.com Artists’ Book Cornucopia V. Denver, CO

April 18-June7,2014; Artists’ Book Cornucopia VII, Denver, CO,

Sept. 15 - Oct. 29,2016 “Art of the Fold” exhibit and on line catalog, Denver, CO; 2019, book purchased by Baylor University Library Special Collections.

“Forth Floor Walk-up/NYC”. Santa Fe, NM Capital Rotunda Invitational. April - August, 2022