Heather Patterson’s work is an intuitive gathering of imagery stemming from both natural and built environments. She recreates geographic patterns and forms what she finds, layering them to make up a new series of systemic landscapes. This morphing of forms combines imagery such as computer generated weather charts, topographic maps, pixelated natural landscapes, cellular structures, networking graphs, and blueprints of structural elements. As Heather explains:
I am interested in the constant overlap of these forms and find similarities in their elements. The imperfections and complete randomness in nature are in direct contrast with the stenciled man-made environment and often mutate into one. The intertwining of the geometric and organic forms becomes an important part of my process.
By layering varied imagery through drawing, painting, and collaging sheets of acrylic paint, a sense of fragmented time emerges. Heather uses a variety of media to create a multi-sensory experience. The interactions of materials allows her to control the contrasting substances, letting some areas mix randomly, while manipulating other areas through carving, dripping, collaging, taping, or spraying the surface. The artist states, “This system of addition and reduction allows me to magnify the unexpected, creating an imaginary subsurface or documentation of scientific events.”
Heather Patterson holds an MFA from University of California, Berkeley. She was awarded a Public Art Award that is a permanent installation for the Westin Hotel and Convention Center at Denver International Airport, an art department grant from the Berkeley Art Museum, and just finished another Public Art Awarded outdoor mural in downtown Longmont, Colorado. She has taught painting in colleges across the west, and participates in projects that include work for products ranging from snowboard decks to wine labels.
Heather Patterson’s work is represented in countless private, corporate, and municipal collections around the world, including University of California, San Diego Medical Museum in San Diego, CA, Children’s Hospital Art Museum in Iowa City, IA, Union Denver, Denver, CO, the Hilton Waikiki, Waikiki, HI; the Bellagio in Las Vegas, NV; Peninsula Shanghai, Waitan; SONY San Diego, CA; the Children’s Hospital in Denver, CO; Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, FL; Wells Fargo, Beverly Hills, CA; Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV; and Amber Bay, China, Charles Schwab in Denver, CO, Kaiser Permanente in Dublin, CA as well as numerous others.
Her exhibitions include solo shows at the Western Colorado Center for the Arts, and at the Denver International Airport, as well as in galleries across the country. She has also participated in exhibitions including Art Basel/Miami Beach Art Fair, ArtMRKT San Francisco, the New York Affordable Art Fair, Sonoma Museum of Visual Art, Arvada Center, and San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design, among others.