"Keep at it. Even if it's only for you."
Kenya Peterson’s talent for creative arts first materialized when she was in elementary school in Portland, Oregon and with the encouragement of a few key female figures – not least of which was her equally-as-clever mother, Georgina Brown – Kenya’s passion has continued to thrive. Shortly after returning to her native Australia, at the ripe age of 13, Kenya began making sculptures professionally and she continues to hone her craft from her family home in Sydney.
What was the pivot point that set you on your current path?
Growing up I have always been surrounded by art and design through my Mum and, when we were living in Portland OR, I went to an arts magnet elementary school. My art teacher was very encouraging and that's where I first started making my sculptures.
Are you following the path of a trailblazer or being guided by a mentor?
I'm only 17 and still at school so I'm still deciding my path. I am lucky to have three amazing women who are so supportive of me: my mum Georgina; Megan Morton; and Karina Pires. They are all really creative and inspiring.
Where in the world would you describe as the place that speaks to you - your soul place?
I am really focused on the Dominican Republic at the moment. My dad was born there so it's part of my heritage. That's my next place to visit!
All images used with permission from Kenya Peterson.