Corinne D. Peterson

True Blue (Hermione)
48.5 x 11 x 11 in.

Advocate (Paulina)
46 x 12 x 12 in.

Spring Green (Perdita)
45.5 x 10 x 10.5 in.

In these works, I explore the outer form and inner nature of the women in Shakespeare’s “The Winter Tale”. The queen, True Blue (Hermione), statuesque and graceful, inwardly mourns her husband’s false accusations, her imprisonment, and the loss of her son and her baby daughter. The queen’s attendant, Advocate (Paulina), boldly declares truth to King Leontes, conspires to save baby Perdita, and finds a way for a repentant Leontes to stir the dead queen alive. Spring Green (Perdita), left in the wilds as a baby is found by a shepherd, and grows up unaffected by the sick and grieving court. We meet her as a joyful young woman in love with a prince, unaware of her own royalty.

Inspired by dreams about clay, I began to sculpt in 1986. Since then I have exhibited widely, most recently at Gallery 180 in Chicago. I have work in the collections of Kirkland & Ellis, Lutheran General Hospital, and Oakton College. My clay murals are in many Chicago area locations, including the CTA Station at Roosevelt and State, Portage Park Senior Center, and, most recently, Evergreen Academy’s new garden in McKinley Park. I have had artist residencies in Taiwan and the Ragdale Foundation.

© Corinne D. Peterson