Employing alternative methods, I look to challenge the boundaries of traditional art practices and mediums, specifically those related to the act of drawing. In reinterpreting printmaking processes, I'm pouring and pulling printer's ink acrosss a smooth paper surface with a large metal rule. The motion is rapid and tension is created by the concurrence of fluidity and precision. After pouring, my image evolves further as the ink pools and silts on the surface. I seek these graphic fluctuations since they contribute to a wide range of evocative forms.
My work connotes science through recurring images that resemble hybrid specimens of plant life, insects or bodily viscera. Other drawings appear archaeological - excavated bone fragments come to mind. These varied allusions play between the extremes of the living and the dead, the animate and the reliquary. Polarity is echoed in the strong visual contrasts between black and white, transparency and opacity. Drawn simultaneously from both nature and process, this intermediary space that these polarities co-inhabit is a domain that I'm actively investigating in my work.
Titling is significant in my messaging system. I tend to choose compound words or phrases themed upon loss, deception or abandonment. The title is usually comprised of both verb and noun, linking the process of drawing to an action and the resulting image to an object or "bi-product" of the primary action. I often denote a classification after the phrase to underscore the scientific references in the drawings and to subvert the laden emotions implied in the initial catchword. This dual-coded message, including the visual/verbal exchange between image and text, create undercurrents of meaning that inscribe more complex textual experiences. The direct relationship between text, the rendered image and viewer is then emphasized.
Artist Bio / CV
Patti Jordan is a multidisciplinary artist working within the realms of both commercial and fine art. In 2009 she obtained a Master of Fine Arts, Summa Cum Laude, from Montclair State University. Jordan received an Hornorarium in 2009 for drawings included in “Lineweight,” a contemporary drawing exhibition at Truman State University Art Gallery, (Kirksville, MO). Two of her works have also been published in Manifest Creative Research Gallery’s 2010 Inda 5 International Drawing Annual. Jordan lectures on art and has written reviews for ArtCat Zine. She exhibits widely.