Patricia Patterson’s work is a symbolic metaphor for life’s ordinary things. Each piece evokes the transitory aspects of life, which normally remain unremarked. Patterson deals with an existence that has no place in history; a conversation, a dream in bed, a dog rolling on a lawn. Mundane snap-shots of personal moments in time affect an astute personal viewpoint in Patterson’s work. In particular, visions of Inishmore, one of the Aran Islands, west of Gallaway, has given Patterson fuel for many of her paintings.
“Those years that I spent in Aran are the only time when I didn’t have a job, and it was extraordinary because I could just observe life being lived and I think that’s the theme that’s very,very important to me. It’s pretty much like the Buddhist perception that what we really have is now and what’s happening now, and to be able to see it in a very pared-down situation — which was what I had there — all the small changes in weather and exchanges between people, people and animals, and obviously any changes in myself, all the changes a 20-year-old would be having. I want to engage with that subject matter and develop it more fully. There’s lots I still think and feel about the place.”
-Patricia Patterson, San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles, August 2007, page 172
Patterson was schooled from 1959-1961 at Parsons School of Design, New York, she moved to San Diego in 1971 with her husband, the late Manny Farber, to teach at the University of California at San Diego. Patterson has shown with Quint Contemporary Art, Holly Solomon Gallery, Newspace and the San Diego Museum of Art.
For Patterson, art equals life and domestic life equals art. Her paintings are scenarios, reflecting the connectedness of family, friends and the earth.