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Sculpture: Yarn, Fiber, Nature, River Stones on Soft (Yarn, Cotton, Fabric), Stone, Other.
The creative experience is a process of discovery. Although I’ve worked in many visual media, now I most appreciate the warm, organic qualities of natural fibers, handmade paper, and objects such as river stones. In recent years, my work has made use of the needlelace technique—some of the same stitches used by traditional lacemakers, but arranged freely and intuitively. These techniques and materials convey concepts that show up in most of my work: the mystery of organic life appearing and diversifying, whether from the sea or space or the primordial muck. I’ve learned that a forest is as much intervals as trees, nature is as much life force as forms, and in empty spaces a subtle energy comes into being.
Pat Perrin is a lifelong visual artist and writer. She earned a BA in English from Duke University, also took courses in art, and taught art in public schools, including gifted and talented programs in Virginia and Georgia. For some years she co-owned a Shenandoah Valley “art farm,” then she did a creative thesis for her MA in Liberal Studies from Hollins. She continued studio work while earning a PhD in Art Theory and Criticism from the University of Georgia.
In recent years her work has been featured in Fiber Art Now magazine and included in two Orange County Artist Guild exhibits, the Durham Art Guild 63rd Annual Juried Exhibition, and the 2017 North Carolina Artists Exhibition (juror, Michael Rooks of the High Museum). She has had one-woman shows in the North Carolina Crafts Gallery and in the Mexican town of San Miguel de Allende (where she and her family lived for nearly 14 years). Earlier work appeared in juried shows at the Lyndon House Art Center (Athens, GA), the Virginia Museum, the Mint Museum, and the traveling exhibit Southern Sculpture. She is also a published author, usually writing in collaboration with her husband, Wim Coleman, who is an award-winning playwright and poet. Her essay “Reveyesed I’s” appeared in the Reality Club anthology Creativity (Simon & Schuster, 1993).
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