Pat Badt is a painter who also makes artist books. She has been the recipient of many awards and prizes including a National Endowment for the Arts grant in painting. She has exhibited in Brussels, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and places between. Her work is included in collections at the American Embassy in Riga, Latvia, the Ruth Hughes Collection of Artist Books at Oberlin College, Bryn Mawr College, University of Tennesee and the Allentown Art Museum.
Pat Badt's work is inspired by location, filtered through experience and sensibility. She lives in an old farmhouse along the Jordan creek, surrounded by apple orchards, low mountains and the convergence of two creeks. Her work is about process, the putting down of paint through the appropriate handwriting, color, texture and scale.
Pat Badt is Professor Emeritus at Cedar Crest College. She received her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and her BA from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
My work is involved in finding coded representations of moments that reconstruct as memory. I am interested in recording and making visual the quiet overlooked events that make up daily routine.
Memory creates a kind of compression of experience. The work springs from specific experiences, however mundane like eating a meal, flying, delivering a talk at a conference. I isolate the colors that represent specific experiences. It feels like I am working within a very literal context, although I have always worked abstractly.
I paint through a woven matrix of string that demands that I am always on the surface of the painting. Gesture is restricted and time is advanced in a kind of geologic accumulation of layers. These layers of paint become a history. Their historical sources come from specific events and are often included as source material on the backs of the paintings or reflected in the titles.
The act of painting is the vehicle by which I can mark and remember. My work finds moments that I recover as memory. Noticing color and texture is an activity worth paying attention to. My elevator pitch would be:
I’m a painter working with straight parallel lines that build a matrix of color.
I find limitations cool. I paint to create experiences of the everyday.