b. Seattle, Washington, 1973. Currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
In Cleon Peterson’s anxiety-riddled world, violence is the status quo. His dystopian scenes evoke Thomas Hobbes’ description of life as war between individuals: “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” Deviance is simply the norm, and the displaced individual is forced to navigate this wicked world alone, finding hollow bits of pleasure and meaning in violence, sex, religion and drugs.
Peterson describes his bedlam as “a gray world where law breakers and law enforcers are one in thesame; a world where ethics have been abandoned in favor of personal entitlement.”
bio photo courtesy of Cleon Peterson