Jim Drain / Ara Peterson [ FLORIDA, USA | RHODE ISLAND, USA ]

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Jim Drain / Ara Peterson
Jim Drain / Ara Peterson
Jim Drain / Ara Peterson
Jim Drain / Ara Peterson

Jim Drain and Ara Peterson’s mural represents...

the eclectic programming at the Wynwood Walls during its first year. The artists have worked together since they were students at the Rhode Island School of Design, and as members of the multi-media art, music and performance collective Forcefield. Over ten years later, Drain and Peterson continue to collaborate. They are based in Miami and Providence, Rhode Island, respectively, and their work is often expansive and kinetic sculptural installations.

Their mural for the Wynwood Walls was based on a drawing that Jim did when he was in first grade, inspired by Edward Hicks’ idyllic painting titled The Peaceable Kingdom, which had a huge impact on him. There is a sense of harmony and spirituality that radiates from Hicks’ original composition, which depicts a child amongst wild and domestic animals on a lush tree-lined embankment. Jim recalled his childhood understanding of the painting’s themes, and Ara initiated the stretching of the drawing horizontally across the wall to create an anamorphic mural. Ara also added the gestural and geometric cloud-like coil on the top, which is an abstraction of the sentence: “May all your dreams come true.”