Patti Harris: Mixed - Media
My art career has developed
from weaving to papermaking and, more recently, has evolved into mixed-media
collage and assemblages. Endeavoring always to blend color, texture, dimension
and fiber in my work, I add papers, beads, threads, hardware, wood and found
objects to create a more unified work of art.
I am inspired by industrial design, natural materials and vintage objects.
Putting a variety of materials together, in old boxes, in frames, in and on
foundry patterns and old wood typifies much of my work. Whether creating a
collage or assemblage, I generally use these old parts that have stood the test
of time; as in metal vs. plastic, wood vs. veneer, stone vs. acrylic
I apply materials somewhat ambiguous in meaning, but arranged in a well-designed
manner. For me, it is all about the visual impact. The objects I choose often
don’t routinely ‘go together;’ the resulting work necessitates thought on
the viewer’s part. Hidden meanings, humorous twists, irony and surreal
elements embody many pieces.
My art clearly may mean one thing to one person and possibly something different
to another. Each of us has a unique set of experiences that inhabit our
perceptions and cause us to react one way or another to what we see. My goal is
that my art will strike at that perception and create a new way of looking at
the relationship between the parts and the new emerging dynamic, keeping in mind
that others’ interpretations are often different than mine, as their reality
is also different from mine.