When asked how she became an artist, sculptor Heather Patterson replied, “I just seem to be built that way.” Heather is passionate about creating, and is constantly inspired by her daily surroundings and experiences. The artist’s body of work is governed by her mission to reassign meaning to materials that have outlived their perceived purpose. She works with reclaimed wood and window panes to produce geometric wall sculptures that may remind the viewer of abstract modernist paintings. Modernism conjures an underlying tension in Heather-–a “vibration,” she calls it. Each sculpture is created without a premeditated plan or sketch, but is instead governed by feeling and intuition.
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About The Artist
I build three dimensional sculpture mosaics using only found wood, sea glass, ceramics and metals. Collecting the unremarkable evidence left behind from life- items that are washed up on a beach or tossed on the street, construction materials from demolitions and renovations, I take what is overlooked and connect them with a new purpose.
The process of creation begins with the collecting, the physical act of cleaning, cutting & sanding, sorting, staining and drilling. Cutting the wood into blocks en masse, I allow the wood to find its’ place rather than measuring blocks to fill a space. Remarkably, there is always the right size for the right space. It is the process & the materials that tell the story, I may have a preconceived idea of what will be made, but ultimately, my hands will connect with the energy of the materials and the life remaining in the wood will bring forth its’ own story. I build & create intuitively, mindful of the ways in which our lives are constantly being pieced together within ourselves, with others, how much of life is a story of rupture and resurrection.
It is my hope that my art will bring the viewer a new perspective on the elements and items that surround our everyday life, a wonder for how many things we encounter in the course of this lifetime journey and how everything has a place regardless of how it began, evolving into a new meaning.