(oil on mylar, 88x210 inches, installation Strand Fine Art)
For many years I summered at a cottage on Lake Erie. Visual impressions of the water dance have reappeared in my work since I began painting. I find myself searching for the many overlapping patterns that move on and under the water`s surface. With “scribbles” I attempt to capture it`s depth and fluid movement.
Water Wall was created on semi-transparent archival mylar and employs a surface of overlapping drawn marks and painted layers on both the front and back. The size was dictated by my largest studio wall which I filled to surround myself with the energy of moving water and to somehow celebrate and deepen my connection with this basic source of life.
This exhibition titled ESTUARY is a series of paintings and drawings that trace the path of the out-flowing river meeting the incoming tide from the ocean, also tracing the mix of clear and salt water. This mixing creates a transition zone between land and sea known as an estuary. Estuaries rank along with tropical rain forests and coral reefs as the planets most productive ecosystems and are in danger of disappearing if actions are not taken to protect them and the plants and animals that call them home.
The drawings on Plexiglas layers allow the viewer to focus on the top, middle, or bottom layer of the work and experience the many directions of the water`s path in an estuary. With scribbles I attempt to make visible a tracing of the water`s path
In ESTUARY, Gibson’s focus is on the lower course of a river where it flows into the sea, a transition zone between river environments and maritime environments. Salty tidal flows churn and seethe as they merge with fresh water. The rich nutrients resulting in teeming habitats for fish and wildlife, captured by Gibson in sensuous layers of oil stick glowing on and behind her translucent Mylar ‘canvases,’ her scribbled calligraphic strokes simultaneously metamorphosing into turbulent watery surges, schools of fish or roiling surf. For each viewer, it will be different. Yes, there is a mystery here; some will see straight lines as hints of man-made docks, piers or even, . . . shipwrecks.
Selected Work (series of 18)
Mixed media and collage on glass and plexiglass
A sense of mystery is central in all of my work. I continue to be fascinated with water and it`s transition from one form to another. Ice contains the best archival record of our past on earth.
In the series Ice Garden and Frozen Record I question what might be discovered in our current melting icecaps from a past age or what record of our world might be frozen in a future ice age.
I`m very pleased to share this exhibition with George Whitney. The very act of looking in and through his beautiful glass sculptures captures what I try to express in my own work.
Ice River was created in response to the stories of the earth’s melting ice caps, the flooding and changing shorelines that will result and the wonder and foreboding that the home we share is changing rapidly.
“The energetic and frenetic drawings of Pat Gibson continues to evolve and emerge from the multiple layers of marks, scribbles and scratchings that celebrate and mirror the connection with self, the natural elements and notion of place. Landscape withholds a sense of timelessness and interconnectedness that leads one to find their own place in the world. Gibson invites us to explore a place that exists, as a personal memory informed by everyday events yet remains at the same time an entity that is universally understood.”
“Like many artists, water becomes symbolic in her work. The river becomes an accumulation of myth and memory fed by tributaries of cultural histories. Reinterpretation of events become fragmented, distorted and consumed into the subconscious and remain in a perpetual state of instability of meaning. It is common that everyday, ordinary places bear witness to extraordinary events and topical environmental concerns such as global warming, volcanic eruptions or tsunamis have catastrophic repercussions on communities, wildlife and cultural beliefs and values. What do we choose to cherish?”
Patricia Deadman, Curator Art in Public Spaces Woodstock
I know I have internalized the disaster stories in recent times of tsunamis, hurricanes, meltings, flood predictions, oil spills, our sick planet waters and even market crashes. In following the work I feel it has lead me to an expression of deep concern for our future as a species on the planet.
"My Juror's Choice is Pat Gibson's "Layered Water Dance: Dive". I was immediately drawn to it and kept coming back to enjoy it again. I feel she demonstrates a confident use of the medium. The composition is subtle yet engaging. lt incorporates an almost monochromatic palette and a rhythmic tension. Overall I find it to be a successful image both technically and aesthetically. lt is not too surprising to me that this work stands out since Pat has been producing consistently good work for many years." -Jens Thielsen