ST. FRANCIS XAVIER
In this body of work, Carrie Patterson investigates the tension between the memory of architectural space and the space of painterly process. Her work questions the physicality of a painting or collage that can be representative of space without illusion. Influenced by three historic chapels in Southern Maryland, Carrie would draw and videotape, in this case St. Francis Xavier chapel, where light plays on structure and material. Her work considers the translation of architecture into two dimensional objects. The goal is to feel (in the body), measure (in unexpected ways), and translate (via painting) how buildings both contain and hold the life of people who came before and, in turn, become the vessel of life for people who inhabit the spaces in the present.