Anne PattersonAmerican, b. 1960
The inspiration for Anne’s work is nature and music. She paints the natural reality around us – the changing seasons, waves, rippling leaves. And likewise, her installations are visual responses to a specific piece of music. Diagnosed with the neurological condition synesthesia, Anne Patterson literally sees music, blending her unique conceptual style with the specifics of a particular composition.
Anne’s abstractions are her way of inhabiting the realm of personal interpretation rather than realism, her intention to deepen her own and the viewer’s relationship to both nature and music. Her work encourages sensory exploration – to hear and feel the crash of the waves, to see the music playing before your eyes – and to have the viewer experience art in a new, more profound way.
In creating installations and direction for orchestras such as San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, 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. Patterson’s current project and second major installation, The Ribbon Project, was created as 2013 Artist in Residence at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, CA. Twenty miles of ribbon interact with the cathedral’s vaulted ceiling arches, carrying prayers, dreams, and wishes of people skyward. The installation is collaboration with acclaimed composer and conductor Paul Haas, and featured an evening of twirling ribbons, projections, and original music on October 23, 2013. Immensely popular, Anne’s installation has been extended through December 2014.
Based in New York City, Anne’s fine art has been exhibited in New York City; Providence, RI; Atlanta, GA and Seville, Spain. Her paintings and sculptures are in private, public, and corporate collections across the USA (Tishman Speyer, Nortek, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Rhode Island Blue Cross) and in London. She has also worked as a set designer and visual director. B.A. Architecture, Yale University M.F.A., Theater Design, The Slade School of Art, London UK.
News About Anne
- Jack Meyer, The Lightness of Being Anne Patterson
- Huffpost Arts & Culture
- June 26, 2015
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- examiner.com, Award Winning Artist Anne Patterson debuts new piece “The Light Between” March 4
- March 2, 2015
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