For twenty years, Patterson has created geometric objects that embody a poetic, physical translation of place.

 

Early in her career, Patterson combined abstraction with observation using forms found in vernacular architecture such as billboards, signs, and barns as source material. Through a slow process of mining a site for information, she remembers specific places by measuring distance and observing light by drawing, filming, and photographing. By 2010, her method of constructing paintings, layering paint on canvas, stacking wood and paper, became primary to her creative process. She maintains her practice, often incorporating memories of observed landscapes into her constructions and isolating color events or single gestural marks.

Her work has been exhibited widely across the country with solo shows in Philadelphia, New York, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Florida, and Minnesota.

 
 

I responded to Patterson’s approach to painting: numerous discrete canvases that appear to be built into one… I also liked those broad bands of color asserting themselves over the whisper of unprimed or lightly stained canvas.
— Joanne Mattera, Joanne Mattera Art Blog, 2009

Click any image below to view the full body of work.

 

TOTAL STATION

Constructions, 2018

THREAD STACK

Collages, 2018

LIGHTBOX

Paintings & Installations, 2016

MISTAKEN IDENTITY

Collages, 2009-2014

PROPERTY MARKER

CONSTRUCTIONS, 2012

GROUNDTRUTHING

Paintings & Constructions, 2010

MAIL POUCH

Constructions, 2013

LOCANDA

Constructions & Works on Paper, 2012

ST. FRANCIS XAVIER

Paintings, Constructions, & Collages, 2007-2009

SIGN SERIES

COnstructions, 2011-2013

QUILT PAINTINGS

CONSTRUCTIONS, 2012

BETWEEN FICTIONS

Paintings & Collages, 2004-2006