patrick schmidt studio
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Paintings
What does it mean to be living in the digital world? Life is moving at a faster pace today than at any other time in recorded history. With so much information at our fingertips, we choose what we want to encounter and delete what we don’t. Thereby, composing ourselves through what we selectively see, hear, absorb, etc. It follows, then, that our identities develop out of an exaggerated conceit in which everything happens (and is restricted from happening) at once. In some ways, we lose our authentic selves in the process of constructing and believing our own mythologies. From this assessment emerges a new threat that asks, “Are we better off with the tools of technology?”

Using pattern as a metaphor, my work explores cultural, social, and personal identity in the digital age. Initially, I appropriate image patterns from a variety of sources then reduce them via technology to a simple line drawing. Next, I overlay several images in order to disrupt their individual patterns and suggest one all-embracing design. I use ancient and contemporary archetypes as a starting point in much of this work. While the prehistoric spiral continues to inspire and ground me in the natural/spiritual world, when juxtaposed against the digitized shapes from contemporary patterns, it reveals a not-yet-familiar world. Similarly, as a painter, I value the primacy of color in my work. Because pigment suggests an inner energy, enhances ties to identity, and strengthens cultural bonds, I manipulate the combined effect of line and color into a cultural mythology in which everything happens at once.
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