Artist in Focus: Patricia Chapman

There is a lot of art in UGallery’s collection. Often, the most subtle details in an artist’s work gets overlooked. Patricia Chapman’s sculptural gems are intricate little buggers that should NOT be passed over. Believe me. If you like vintage things, thrifting, or nostalgia (and, honestly, who doesn’t?), then Patricia’s baubles are perfect for your home. In this Artist in Focus, Patricia tells us the secrets hidden in her art (and there are plenty). Read on to learn more.

What’s your earliest art memory?
I remember a pre kindergarten experience of watching my aunt draw a picture for me and feeling like it was the most wonderful, magical, greatest thing EVER. Basically I can’t remember ever NOT drawing or creating some kind of art!

How do you put your pieces together?
Sometimes the objects that I utilize in my assemblage will lead me to a concept or idea for a piece. Sometimes I will have an idea and THEN have to go out and find the objects to visually represent that idea. Generally I will start with a “main character” object and will arrange “supporting cast” objects to further support the compositions and narrative component of my art.

What did your first sculptural piece look like?
I created my very first assemblage piece about 16 years ago and it was constructed as a shrine titled “The Goddess of Servitude”. It featured the figure of a woman holding a platter out in front her with a snake sitting on the platter. This was a piece about women who give too much of themselves and end up poisoning themselves with their lack of self care.

What is one word to describe your art?
One word???? Oh my…I guess I would have to choose “humorous”. I always find it gratifying to see people viewing my art laughing.

What is your favorite piece in your UGallery portfolio?
My fav is Games We Played. I found the lion’s head at a taxidermy supply business and I knew instantly that I would use it to make a piece featuring a mouse sitting on the lion’s head to illustrate a “cat and mouse game” where the mouse has learned to evade capture and perhaps even torment his pursuer by being so close and yet out of reach.

Who and what inspires you?
I adore the art of Joseph Cornell and love Rauschenberg’s combine sculptures.

What is one tip or piece of advice your would give to an emerging artist?
Find your own distinct vision and voice and understand that the love of creating will probably need to be more important any financial rewards.

For fun, what’s your favorite vintage item?
My current favorite objects I love to use are antique porcelain and bisque doll heads and bodies (like the antique bisque doll head featured in “Bubble Head”). I buy them from a seller in Germany who goes to ruined factories and digs up these doll parts that have been buried for more than 100 years. I love the story of survival and transformation that these pieces represent.

Patricia Chapman! I would do anything to hit up a antique store with you. You are truly making something timeless! Thanks for sharing