Artist statement

Peter Mammes painting

The voyager space crafts, the only man made objects flying out into interstellar space, carries a “golden record” that has images and sounds encrypted on it as a message to anyone who finds it. The record shows a wide spectrum of humanity and earth, from sounds and images to written texts. This idea fascinated me, and I thought what if my artwork where on the voyager space craft floating out in space and another civilisation found it and had only my artwork to infer what human beings and earth was about.

What kind of message would I be relaying to them? I started making artwork with this concept in mind.

I believe that my work is about capturing the human spirit, be that positive or negative or more likely it’s a mixture, and that is how we experience reality.

I believe in the Copernican principle, and I take it to a personal level, where I don’t believe I have a privileged or unique outlook, instead I want to experience the wonders of existence like everyone else and I hope that the viewer can experience the same things as I do.

I am very optimistic about the future of the planet and humanity and believe we are progressing and developing in unprecedented strides. I aim to participate in the advancement of civilisation and see my practice as a constant experimentation, my studio is a sort of laboratory where I push the limits of what I am capable of, and at some point I hope to contribute in a meaningful way to the capabilities of what art. I use images as symbolic placeholders for concepts and emotions, that I weave together to form a rich and layered visual poetry. I am interested in pattern, patterns serve as a visual embodiment of cultures, and when civilisations meet they influence and exchange patterns in interesting ways.

Peter Mammes drawing