PATTY SMITH

ARTIST STATEMENT
I address, courage, fear, confidence, and self-doubt in my drawings, prints and animations. The images are layered landscapes, strewn with obstacles. The work calls up the fear and the allure of the unknown, the possible consequences and potential rewards of navigating unfamiliar territory. I was influenced in 2007 by the press coverage of the U.S. action to build fences to keep out illegal immigrants, which prompted me to begin the series Barriers. As the images evolve so does the notion of barriers. 

Barriers, we all face them, not only physical but also psychological ones. What prevents us from getting to where we want to go? What do we hope to discover and achieve if we break through and get to the other side? Are the opportunities worth the risks? The questions and the work are on going. Crowds and Barriers is a series of monotypes and animations developed in 2012. Obstacle Illusion is a series of drawings and monotypes created for animations and projected videos for music, dance and installation. A related artists' book, Et si nous y allions de l'autre Cote... (Were we to go to the other side...) was created in 2015. With the media currently focusing attention on international as well as national immigration crises, we are besieged with the issue of barriers. As we consider the suffering and triumphs of migrants, we can also reflect on the contributions made by newcomers to the layers of our historical, cultural, and experiential landscape. The series Geology/Genealogy represents this broader probe. 

While concept is fundamental to my work, process and materials contribute significantly. The meditative practice of building drawings and prints, the investigation of materials, the mark making, the evolution of one image to the next, the edition printing and the resulting multiples are integral to the representation of the idea.

www.crowdsandbarriers.com

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