Heather Patterson



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Patterson’s work is an intuitive gathering of abstract imagery stemming from both the natural and built environments. She recreates geographic patterns and forms and layer them to make systemic landscapes. This morphing of forms combines imagery such as computer-generated weather charts, topographic maps, pixelated natural landscapes, cellular structures, networking graphs, and blueprints of structural elements. She is interested in the constant overlap of these forms and find similarities in their elements. The imperfections and complete randomness in nature are in direct contrast with the stenciled man-made environment and often mutate into one. The intertwining of the geometric and organic forms becomes an important part of her process.
By layering varied imagery through drawing, painting, and collaging sheets of acrylic paint a sense of fragmented time emerges. She uses a variety of media to create a multi-sensory experience. The interaction of the materials allows her to control the contrasting substances letting some areas mix randomly while manipulating other areas by carving, dripping, collaging, taping, or spraying the surface. This system of addition and reduction allows her to magnify the unexpected, creating an imaginary subsurface or documentation of scientific events.

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