As a mixed media artist, my current body of work explores the intersection of two and three-dimensional art forms. By integrating nontraditional mediums such as recycled, reclaimed, and used objects with traditional materials, I aim to transcend the physicality of these objects and imbue them with new layers of meaning.
The creation of art during a period of personal isolation, coupled with the experience of caring for an ailing parent nearing the end of their life, has deeply influenced my artistic journey. My work delves into the themes of breath and the profound impact of community loss. Additionally, the global pandemic has reshaped human behavior and societal constructs, prompting me to investigate and question these shifts through my art.
Central to my current artistic exploration is the notion of personal boundaries and the complex dynamics between individuals and the communities they belong to. I seek to illuminate the transformative potential found in the interplay between the self and the collective. My work aims to provoke contemplation on the interconnected nature of humanity, emphasizing that the individual cannot exist in isolation from the larger whole.
Through my art, I raise inquiries about the fluidity of boundaries. Where do our individual boundaries end, and where do they intersect and blur with those of others? What factors contribute to the blurring of these boundaries? These questions serve as a driving force behind my creative process, challenging viewers to reconsider their own perceptions of self, community, and the intricate relationships that define them.
By shining a light on the intricate tapestry of human existence, I aspire to foster a deeper understanding of our shared humanity and provoke meaningful conversations about our interconnectedness. Through my artwork, I invite viewers to embark on a journey of introspection, exploration, and reimagining the boundaries that shape our lives.
Patti Gillespie is a versatile artist specializing in painting and mixed media, with a keen focus on creating both two- and three-dimensional artworks. As a muralist, Patti enjoys engaging with the community and collaboratively producing site-specific art that resonates with its surroundings.
Patti earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from MASSART (Massachusetts College of Art and Design), where she concentrated her studies in studio art. Currently based in St. George, Utah, she serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Art Department at Utah Tech University, mentoring and fostering artistic growth among her students.
With a decade-long career in the arts, Patti consistently exhibits and showcases her work in various settings. Her art has found a place in private collections, reflecting its impact on collectors. To explore Patti's portfolio and learn more about her artistic journey, follow her on Instagram at @patti_gillespie_artist.