Kara Patrowicz (neé Waxman) is a visual artist exploring the intersection of fibers, painting and drawing. She has exhibited in MA, NY, Texas, Ireland, and most recently Switzerland through the Art in Embassies program. She was a Fulbright Grant recipient in Painting and a 2019 nominee for the St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award. She has taught art courses at Umass Lowell and the Brookline Arts Center and worked as an Artist-in-Residence at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Patrowicz earned her B.F.A. (Painting) from Boston University, Post-Baccalaureate (Studio Art) from Brandeis, and M.F.A. (2-D Media) from MassArt. She is a member of the Concord Center for the Visual Arts, ArtWorcester and the Surface Design Association, and lives and works in Maynard, MA with her husband and young son.
I desire for my work to inspire moments of quiet absorption and reflection amidst the daily flood of contemporary distractions. I love the process of slow looking and developing layered, nuanced surfaces as a form of contemplation. The restorative, embodying aspects of working with tactile fiber and paint materials are also central to my work.
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 work focuses on still life, room interiors and family scenes, typically on a small scale, to create intimate views into one’s interior life. By depicting subjects like wedding rings, empty chairs, or fleeting moments of parenthood, my work hints at the interplay of absence and presence, memory and experience in human relationships.
Portrait of the Artist, courtesty of Jonathan Patrowicz
“Dear God please give me some place, no matter how small, but let me know it and keep it. If I am the one to wash the second step everyday, let me know it and let me wash it and let my heart overflow with love washing it.”