Pat Goslee

Washington, D.C. | by August 29, 2008

After a long hia­tus due to spring and sum­mer crazi­ness, I am happy to resume my posts with a stu­dio visit I had this past spring with DC artist Pat Goslee. I was first intro­duced to her work back in 2002  and I was excited to see the trans­for­ma­tion from the the tex­tured encaus­tic pieces to now the layer upon layer of del­i­cately painted forms ooz­ing with tons of color on can­vas and on gesso board. Com­bin­ing water based oils with spray paint Pat talks about what makes her tick. You’ll be able to see her paint­ings in per­son at three venues this fall includ­ing two solo shows. The first one at the McLean Project for the Arts opens on Sept. 11 and runs through Octo­ber 25. The open­ing recep­tion is on Thurs. Sept. 18 from 7 — 9 p.m. The sec­ond solo show will be at the Dis­trict Cen­ter Arts Cen­ter (DCAC) in Adams Mor­gan

See for more details on these exhibits and her work.

“I know only one thing, that I know noth­ing” — Socrates

Pat: “Some peo­ple can’t tol­er­ate this state. It requires a kind of intel­lec­tual courage in the face of ques­tions for which there aren’t easy answers. Ques­tions that strad­dle the line between the­o­ret­i­cal physics and phi­los­o­phy. Ques­tions about the nature of exis­tence itself. 

At the same time, there’s a free­dom in the unknown. Free­dom to oper­ate through intu­ition, tap­ping into what Jung called the col­lec­tive unconscious. ”

“I never begin with an idea. Rather, I use what I call a shot­gun method, work­ing on lots of dif­fer­ent paint­ings at the same time. Some days, I mix up only one color and apply that one color to 24 dif­fer­ent paint­ings. Some days, I sim­ply sit in my stu­dio for a length of time. Because my stu­dio is in my house, I can do this while brush­ing my teeth, in my under­wear. The main focus of my cur­rent work is pat­tern, which I first came to through encaus­tics 11 years ago. At the time, I had been lay­er­ing hot wax on top of var­i­ous mate­ri­als — cheese cloth, mesh net­ting, etc. — in order to build up sur­faces to a sculp­tural level. Even­tu­ally, I put the wax aside. I just picked up some of the mate­ri­als that I was using to build up the sur­faces and I dipped those into paint and applied them directly to the can­vas — a kind of decal­co­ma­nia, like Max Ernst used to do. In the lay­ered pat­terns I cre­ated, I dis­cov­ered a kind of infin­ity that was not just space, but energy. More and more peo­ple seem to be mak­ing this kind of work: Inga Frick, Carol Brown Goldberg. ”

“One thing that excites me is how pat­tern and lay­er­ing rep­re­sent how we store “stuff” (infor­ma­tion, emo­tional bagage, aware­ness). What do we take in? What do we fil­ter out? What lay­ers need to be removed, or rearranged, in order to change? There’s a lot of back and forth when I work. Fore­ground changes to back ground, and back­ground pops in to fore­ground. I can get lost in the pat­terns, whether it’s cut­ting sten­cils or just draw­ing with col­ored pen­cils on a paint­ing on paper. ”

“The most impor­tant thing is to try and stay open. Know­ing that I dont know, but let­ting knowl­edge flow through me. We are all energy con­duits, blocked to a greater or lesser degree. My paint­ings are a way of visu­al­iz­ing that energy.”

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