Using paint sticks, encaustic, metal leaf, and disparate materials on various substrates, Ms. Gerkin challenges viewers to note that space where two worlds meet—outer and inner. Her process is intuitive, allowing the materials to lead the way. Forms and lines are organic, and surfaces are deeply textured as if hiding a mystery. Layer upon layer, her works exude a tactile quality and a sense of something beneath the surface.
Ms. Gerkin uses the natural world as her metaphor, reflecting the paradox of constancy/change, static/shifting ground, and the unrelenting message of the passage of time.
Pat Gerkin’s abstract paintings and mixed media have been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows throughout the Washington, DC area and New England, and she has exhibited in several museum shows, including Saco Museum, Saco, ME; The Art Complex, Duxbury, MA; and Springfield Museums, Springfield, MA.
Ms. Gerkin received her B.A. from Fairmont State College, and she has studied art independently and through the Corcoran School of Art, Arlington Arts Center, NOVA, and The Art League. She is an Associate Artist of the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA; a member of the Ogunquit Artist’s Association in Ogunquit, ME; a former member of the Copley Society of Boston, and of the Women’s Caucus for Art. She was a founding member of New England Wax, Elemental, the Art Collective, and of Painters & Poets. She is represented by Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts , Brattleboro, VT; Powers Gallery, Acton, MA; L’Attitude Gallery, Boston, MA; Barn Gallery, Ogunquit, ME; and Art 3 Gallery, Manchester, NH.
Ms. Gerkin was awarded an artist’s fellowship for painting at Vermont Studio Center, 2001, and was chosen to represent the U.S. and exhibit two works in the American Embassy in Kuwait, 2016-2017, as part of the Arts in Embassies program of the U.S. State Department. Her works are included in many collections in the U.S., Brazil, and Europe.