Cameron University will showcase the work of senior art major Alexandra Patterson with a special exhibition in the Sciences Complex. A printmaker and painter, Patterson will present a gallery talk at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, to introduce the exhibition. The exhibit will feature 15 works, primarily linocut prints as well as a pastel drawing and some watercolor paintings, that depict nature, plant life and animal life, which has been the focus of her work for much of the past two years.
“I find myself very inspired to highlight the hidden world and workings of forest floors and meadows,” Patterson says. “I have always had an affinity for plants and wildlife, especially living so near the Wichita Mountains. The past two semesters, I began exploring the concept of placing these plants and animals within frames, allowing them to break through and interact with those frames in interesting ways. To me, this represents the relationship between man and nature, especially our tendency to try and contain it, and its tendency to grow past and through our boundaries.
Patterson will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in printmaking.
“Linocut as a medium effectively breaks down the subject matter of a piece into intricate linework and positive and negative shapes with bold contrast,” she says. “I feel that this is why subverting expectations and boundaries in my works can be so striking. My focus was first on mushrooms but has recently started shifting towards floral botanicals and birds. I am very inspired by the works of Karin Rytter, a relief printmaker in Copenhagen whose artwork focuses on women and birds, as well as the Finnish printmaker Maarit Hanninen who works with intricate floral motifs.”
A native of Lawton, Patterson was a concurrent Cameron student while attending Lawton Christian School. She is a McMahon Scholar and a member of Phi Eta Sigma. Patterson has served as an instructor for the VSA Fine Arts Summer Art Camp for students ages 13-18, where she taught teens the basics of traditional arts using graphite and charcoal. She has also served as registrar for the Creative Expressions Summer Art Camp. In addition, she is a private tutor for homeschooled students.
February 28, 2019