From October 3 to 28, 2016, the exhibition “LightBox: New Work by Carrie Patterson” will be on view at Mary Baldwin’s Hunt Gallery. Carrie Patterson is a visual artist working in Leonardtown, Maryland. She earned a B.F.A in studio art from James Madison University and an M.F.A in painting from The University of Pennsylvania. In addition she was a student resident at The New York Studio School where she worked with second generation abstract expressionists: Charles Cajori, Mercedes Matters, and Rosemarie Beck. Her artwork has been exhibited across the country with solo shows in New York City, Philadelphia, Virginia, and Minnesota. Internationally she has exhibited at Museo de Arte Moderno in Bogota Colombia in a show titled: Nine New York Painters. Recently, she has been making painted constructions based off her lived experience in her studio, the historic Breton House. She is a Professor of Art at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and owner of Yellow Door Art Studio, a community art school, located in Leonardtown, MD.
Patterson’s artwork considers how color, form, and line metaphorically measure the human condition as experienced through the body. She says the following about the new work: “I paint to give expression to the experience of inhabiting space. I am involved in a practice of recording visual events in order to understand the impact of the physical on the emotional world around me. My hope is to create a geometric object that embodies a poetic, physical translation of place. The geometry found in architectural forms holds my attention. I am particularly interested in the vernacular architecture of places that I know well. I live in southern Maryland and am interested in historic chapels, barns, and temporary billboards. I visit particular sites over a period of time. My visits are a way of mining an experience of the building and the land as a living body. Through the accumulation of remembered experiences, I create objects made out of blocks, paper, and paint that imply a narrative of time observed and felt by the viewer. In each object that I make, I distill shape, line and color into the simplest components creating a body of work where time and sequence become important. I work on many surfaces at once, altering the arrangement of built canvas, line, shape and color in subtle degrees, much like a choreographer would alter a repetitive action across the stage.”
A reception will be held for the artist from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on October 3 in Hunt Gallery. The public is invited to attend.