Anne PattersonAmerican, b. 1960
Anne Patterson is a multi-disciplinary artist based in New York City.
Anne has synesthesia, meaning that her sensory perceptions overlap; when she hears sound, she sees color and shape. Trained as an architect and theater production designer, this unique combination of senses combines to create an artistic practice, hovering somewhere between the theatrical and the experiential. “My work is often a visual response to a specific piece of music. I have synesthesia – I see an incredible magnificence of colors and shapes when I hear music, the smells of spring trigger a play of light in my mind and my primary numbers have personalities. I strive to create work that transports us into a multi-sensory realm, similar to that which I’ve inhabited for my entire life, and deepens our relationship to the beauty around us.”
Patterson’s installation, Graced With Light – The Ribbon Project, was created as 2013 Artist in Residence at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, CA. Twenty miles of ribbon interacted with the cathedral’s vaulted ceiling arches, carrying prayers, dreams, and wishes of people skyward. Immensely popular, Graced With Light was extended 4 times and on display for almost 2 years. Her large scale installation, The Light Between is permanently installed in 125 High St in Boston, filling the 10 story atrium with light reflective aluminum wire. In 2016 her synesthetic installation, Pathless Woods was the first exhibit in the Monda Gallery of Contemporary Art at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota. In May of 2017 her installation, Murmuration was unveiled to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati.
In creating installations and direction for the San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Seattle Symphony and American Symphony Orchestra, she has pioneered a new area of design for symphonic presentations. Sculpture, scenery, lighting costume and projections combine to create a visual response to the music.
Anne’s fine art has been exhibited in New York City; Providence, RI; Atlanta, GA; Sarasota, FL; and Seville, Spain. Her paintings and sculptures are in private, public, and corporate collections across the USA and in London.
She was recently named a recipient of the 2016 CODAaward, and was awarded a Creative Capital Grant from the Warhol Foundation. She is a fellow of the Hermitage Artist’s Retreat, and has been a visiting professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Education – B.A. Architecture, Yale University M.F.A., Theater Design, The Slade School of Art, London UK.
News About Anne
- Sarah Rose Sharp, A Stroll Through a Forest of Ribbons That Simulates Synesthesia
- March 30, 2017
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- Geraldine Fabrikant, On College Campuses, A New Role for Students: Museum Curator
- The New York Times
- March 15, 2017
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- Marty Fugate, Anne Patterson Opens the Doors of Perception in Two Powerful Exhibits
- Herald Tribune
- December 1, 2016
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