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Carrie Patterson translates her physical and emotional experiences of her surroundings into lushly colored, abstract paintings. “I paint to give expression to the experience of inhabiting space,” she says. “My hope is to create an object that embodies a poetic, physical translation of place.” She distills her response to the world into colors, shapes, and stripes, which she arranges into exquisitely constructed compositions in seemingly endless variations. For her earlier work, Patterson painted on linen or canvas; gradually, she moved away from these traditional supports to use variously sized wooden blocks and panels, which she overlaps or interlocks into shapely geometric forms that read as sculptural paintings, or as painted sculptures. Color, with its psychological and emotional resonance, drives her compositions, which range from meditative, in shades of indigo and purple, to cheery, in shades of lemon, crimson, and orange.

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Carrie Patterson translates her physical and emotional experiences of her surroundings into lushly colored, abstract paintings. “I paint to give expression to the experience of inhabiting space,” she says. “My hope is to create an object that embodies a poetic, physical translation of place.” She distills her response to the world into colors, shapes, and stripes, which she arranges into exquisitely constructed compositions in seemingly endless variations. For her earlier work, Patterson painted on linen or canvas; gradually, she moved away from these traditional supports to use variously sized wooden blocks and panels, which she overlaps or interlocks into shapely geometric forms that read as sculptural paintings, or as painted sculptures. Color, with its psychological and emotional resonance, drives her compositions, which range from meditative, in shades of indigo and purple, to cheery, in shades of lemon, crimson, and orange.

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