Library showcases ‘Inhale Exhale’

  • Brandy Patterson works on her art that will be on display at the Epsom Public Library. Courtesy

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Published: 1/13/2022 11:13:00 AM
Modified: 1/13/2022 11:12:07 AM

The Epsom Public Library will showcase the contempoarary art of Brandy Patterson over the next six weeks.

“Inhale Exhale” will be on display from Jan. 15 to Feb. 26 with an artist reception on Jan. 22 from noon to 3 p.m.

In her artist statement, Patterson writes: “There’s something special about dipping my fingers into a bucket of silky wet paint and spreading it across the texture of canvas; all inhibitions are set aside, and I am free to play because I know the best art is created by getting messy.”

“Music guides me and is a threshold into inspiration for my work. After listening to a specific musical score, I spend time responding to the instruments with color and dance-like mark-making,” Patterson added. “Knowing I can always sand back, I follow my intuition; I put down the large swathes of color and layers of texture as quickly as possible using different tools. Growing up in Vermont, I have many childhood memories of rambling through the woods behind my home pretending I was exploring a fantastical world influenced by C. S. Lewis, Tolkien, and Grimms’ Fairy Tales. Today I am still fond of the sights, sounds and smells of the forest and any time spent there makes me nostalgic for those childhood days.”

“Inhale Exhale” is a new series of works that explores the feelings of stillness and gentle freedom Patterson says she experienced while in the woods.

“I chose a sunset-colored palette and used a variety of mixed media to develop the history of each painting,” she writes.

COVID-19 protocols at the library are that masks are optional if social distancing is possible. Masks are required for any group gathering including for programs held at the library. 

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