With a nod to the Surrealist movement, Patterson takes everday objects such as boxes or cabinets and makes her own ‘assisted readymades’.Patterson is sensitive to the significance of ordinary objects, transformed in the hands of a writer or an artist, taking on a double life. She collects old canvases and cabinets, prizing them for their interesting backs or internal spaces. Patterson likes the fact these come with their own unique histories that relate to a previous existence. Labels, doodles and marks become precious gifts and identities in these objects, testaments to their past. Patterson feels she merely borrows these pieces, by adding her own layer to them. For these cabinets can be shut, the boxes closed and the canvas’ turned allowing them to exist as they always have done without knowing the artist had ever touched them.
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