artist statement

I desire to interrupt the flood of present-day distractions with moments of reflection and solace. I love the process of slow-looking and developing layered, nuanced surfaces as a form of active contemplation. The restorative, embodying aspects of blending tactile fiber and paint materials are also central to my work.

 

Starting with wet-felting, weaving or vintage fabrics as a canvas, I build imagery that remains two-dimensional but textured, with a painterly touch. As I create, pieces call for combinations of different media, whether the immediacy of drawing, the tactility of wool and embroidery, or the fluidity of watercolor. At times I use antique materials, like kerchiefs from my grandmother, as an act of remembrance of the women who employed these textiles.


I strive to convey an authentic experience of beauty in daily life and evoke the tenderness and sacramental qualities of domestic and familial rituals. My artwork focuses on still life, room interiors and family scenes, typically on a small scale, to create intimate views into one’s interior life. Inspirations include the Nabis group and Mary Cassatt, Kaylan Buteyn's "Artist/Mother" podcast and embroidery artist Cécile Davidovici. My approach to art-making has also been shaped by the writings of Jacques Maritain, Thomas Merton and Flannery O'Connor on faith and art.


Through subjects like weathered chairs or fleeting moments of parenthood, my work hints at the interplay of absence and presence, memory and experience in fundamental human relationships. 

Portrait of the Artist, 9 months pregnant

Courtesy of Jonathan Patrowicz

“It is the business of [art] to embody mystery through manners, and mystery is a great embarrassment to the modern mind...the mystery of our position on earth, and the manners are those conventions which, in the hands of the artist, reveal that central mystery.” 

Flannery O'Connor, Mystery and Manners

All images are copyrighted © by Kara Patrowicz.

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