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Carrie Patterson

Carrie Patterson

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Artist Work

Total Station no. 2
2018
Acrylic and Oil on Canvas and Wood
18x20x3 inches
Total Station no. 1
2018
Acrylic and Oil on Canvas and Wood
34x24x3 inches
Total Station no. 5
2018
Acrylic and Oil on Canvas and Wood
52x48x5 inches
Total Station no. 4
2018
Acrylic and Oil on Canvas and Wood
34x24x3 inches
Total Station no. 9
2019
Acrylic and Oil on Canvas and Wood
48x50x3 inches
Total Station no. 7
2019
Acrylic and Oil on Canvas and Wood
26x20x3

Artist Information

County
St. Mary's County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

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 have been interested in historic chapels, barns, houses and temporary billboards. 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. Embedded in my process is the choice to slow down the speed of information and find meaning in subtle variation. I layer paint on the canvas, block on block, and paper on paper until a sensation of spatial elasticity is realized. 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 surfaces of line, shape and color in subtle degrees, much like a choreographer would alter a repetitive action across the stage.

Artist Bio

Carrie Patterson is a visual artist working in Leonardtown, Maryland. Her artwork considers how color, form, and line metaphorically measure the human condition as experienced through the body. She earned a B.F.A in painting from James Madison University and an M.F.A in painting from The University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, 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, Maryland, Virginia, and Minnesota. In 2017 her solo show titled: Lightbox consisted of brightly colored cardboard constructions and stacked floor paintings at Hood Gallery at Mary Baldwin University in Staunton, Virginia.  Recently, she has been making painted constructions based off her lived experience of architectural forms and their relationship to the landscape.  Most recently her work was included in a group exhibition titled: X Marks the Spot, Women of the New York Studio School and the 25th Anniversary exhibition at The Painting Center in NYC.

She is a Professor of Art at St. Mary’s College of Maryland where she teaches introductory and advanced courses in drawing, painting, color, and art education. She is the founder and author of  The Yellow Line Art Curriculum, featuring lesson plans for early childhood and K-12. Additionally, she is the author of the lecture series: How to See, The Great Courses, produced by The Teaching Company.