Small acts and gestures build upon one another to make up the meaning of human experience. My art practice of making things using painting, collage, textiles, wood, and photography arises from an enjoyment of arranging materials, color, and textures to engage with communication of the inexpressible in a process of improvisation to dialogue with my time and place.
I have begun to view my time as an opera of many jobs, homes, relationships, and other endeavors. Making things is the reoccurring refrain/chorus that appears to emphasize these longer passages through several decades.
Influenced by an interest in Zen and informed by memory, nature, and the senses, the common thread is these discoveries is a play between action and stillness.
Pat Pendleton is native to Western New York. She studied art at SUNY Oswego (BA in Art) and Naropa University (MA in Art Therapy). A resident of San Francisco, New York, and Denver (1974-2004) before returning to Buffalo. A trained art therapist, she maintains an interest in the healing aspects of expression. Dedicated to both an art and writing practice, she has facilitated writing groups and her reviews of local art exhibitions have been published in Artvoice, and The Public. Several of her book creations are featured in the bookstore at blurb.com.