Fiona Pattinson  

 

Artist Statement

Sea, sky, horizons-horizontals,verticals, diagonals. The inextricable,inexorable, nexus of where they meet-unending and always enchanting.

The wildness of The Southern Ocean, the smell of the sea, the seaweed, the saltbush, the sandhills, the sea eagles, the wind in your face, the vistas. And forever that horizon line.

Growing up in a tiny, close-knit fishing village and always looking out to sea gave solace, a great sense of freedom and belief that everything and anything was achievable. A sense that the whole, great big world was out there and accessible. I thirsted for it and went out and traversed it.

Education, Art School, travel, joy, heartbreak and hard work, and years later I find myself re-working images from my youth.

Reveries upon the past: 'how soothing for a wounded heart is the sight of a bay that bends like the crook of an arm.'

My way of making art is improvisational rather than formulaic: abstract in concept, subjective in execution. There's an alchemical blending along with that search for eternal, rhythmic balance.