May 15 - June 13
Note: Due to COVID, we are dedicated to being safe, for us and our patrons. Masks are required, as well as a limited number of people in the gallery at one time
I am interested in investigating voices of different materials, especially materials that have no limits set by precedent or tradition. I work concurrently with a few ongoing series. One consists of small mixed-media collages in which fabric and thread are the constants in combination with varying samplings from contemporary culture— e.g., printed paper, plastic, laminated substances, or found materials.
In a second series, each piece is “stitch-shaped” by hand to create a dimensional surface; the resulting texture might be suggestive of enigmatic text or the pattern of a woven textile. The stitched cloth is then dipped in clear encaustic medium to achieve a stiffened, translucent, skin-like fabric. While the design remains intact, the wax affects the overall shape in unpredictable ways. This ultimate surrender of control is a risk that becomes part of the artwork.
Patricia Malarcher is a studio artist whose work includes wall pieces and artist books made from fabric, thread, plastic, paint, and mixed media. She has exhibited throughout the US and in Europe, Asia, and Africa. The recipient of three Artist Fellowships from the NJ State Council on the Arts, she has had 20 solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group shows. Her work is in collections at the Museum of Arts and Design, the Newark Museum, the Cleveland Art Museum, the Racine Museum, Rutgers University, Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), the Racine Museum, Rutgers University, the International Quilt Study Center (Lincoln, NE), and in many corporate and private collections.