Working as an artist can be solitary. I try to balance working alone and connecting with others. I am now collaborating with other artists on a show that addresses climate change. We each create art with our own unique voice but we have the shared goal of wanting to slow the process of this change. We need to live keeping in mind that we all use the same resources. By learning how to offset climate change I am transformed and I hope the viewer is as well. Working with other artists on a common project brings new meaning to my work. I use recycled paper and other materials in my art. By reusing materials I can challenge the disposable mindset of our culture. I love to combine paint, paper and found materials in unexpected ways. I layer paper and paint, sometimes subtracting parts from each layer. I am intrigued by outdoor kiosks and billboards. A flyer advertising an event is posted and when it is over, another event is plastered on top of it. After a certain amount of time outdoors, weathering creates an aging, blurring effect making it more difficult to know which event came first. The cumulative effect is that of a rich old tapestry that tells a story. I am reminded of old trees with their stature, peeling bark and new growth.
Pat Dunn-Walker - Rochester, Minnesota 2022