Ijsselkade 1, Kampen / 038 3317361
di t/m za: 11.00-17.00 uur, zo: 13.00 uur- 17.00 uur
Her approach is organic: let the painting grow. Pat starts with the foreground details and, layer for layer, works towards the back. She draws a sketch on a piece of synthetic interfacing and lays that on a mat on her vacuum table. Using a turkey baster (pipette), she pours layer after layer of (pigmented) pulp onto the interfacing, often using a knife to model it. When the painting is complete, she covers the entire piece with a layer of hemp pulp and then a layer of cotton pulp, as a backing. To remove the piece from the table, she puts a board on it and, with the help of a vacuum pump, sucks the piece to the board. She can then remove it from the table, peel off the sketch and let it dry.
This mysterious technique gives a fascinating result. Many of the layers are almost transparent, as in the old techniques of oil painting, when layers of varnish contain only a bit of pigment. It is hard to imagine that Pat knows what the piece will look like, as she works to the back, building up the surface images. She knows because the fibers in the pulp become extensions of her fingers, as they glide in the water and take their place, swimming like fish as her fingers guide them: it is an intimate relationship with the fibers of the plant, as they work together to form new organic images, often recreating plant images. ........................................