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The “Fault Lines” exhibition in the Paul Kane Gallery of the Art Gallery of Northumberland includes pieces from two series that I am currently developing. The “Fault Lines” series, paintings of Northumberland County in Ontario and Pontiac County in Quebec, explores an idyllic rural world where buildings from our agricultural past reveal unsettling elements of distortion and deconstruction. The “Urban Archaeology” series, paintings of downtown Toronto and the Gardiner Expressway, focus on city buildings and expressways. In some pieces, glass facades act as reflections of an altered version of reality or as a filter of a past or future landscape. In others, the Expressway disintegrates under an environmental onslaught. These evolving urban barriers limit our perception of the natural.
I explore the aesthetics of environmental interference and disintegration.
Pat was born in Ottawa, and studied drawing and painting in Montreal at the School of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, at McGill University, and at Concordia University School of Art. She has also studied at Toronto’s Three Schools of Art and Toronto School of Art, and at the Haliburton School of the Arts. Pat is a member of the Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts in Toronto, the Colborne Society of Artists, and the Pontiac Artists’ Association in Quebec, and has held a position on the Board of the Arts Council of Northumberland since 2007. Pat has participated in numerous juried and solo shows, received an Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant in 2010, and has won local, national, and international awards.