Patti Gillespie

MFA ’21 Fine Arts Low-Residency

I am a mixed media artist with a current body of work that is both two and three dimensional. By using nontraditional mediums of recycled, reclaimed and used objects with traditional mediums, my works transcend the objects and create new meaning. Making art during a time of isolation compounded with the end-of-life care and death of an ailing parent, my work focuses on the breath and the loss of community. My work has evolved to include themes of personal boundaries, and relationships between the individual and the community. COVID-19 has changed human conduct arising from changes in personal and societal constructs. I am interested in making art that explores and questions these previous and new constructs. Ideas about being lost to the self and found in the whole is centered in the work that I making now. I’m interested in shining a light on humanity as a whole and how the individual cannot exist outside of the whole. My work questions where one boundary ends and another begins and what causes those boundaries to be blurred?

Patti Gillespie is a conceptual artist, working with mixed media making two- and three- dimensional works. She is also a muralist and a painter. She is an MFA candidate at MASSART, Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She received her Associate Degree from Northwest Florida State College and her BFA in painting from the University of West Florida. She is currently teaching at Dixie State University in St. George, Utah and a member of the Southern Utah Arts Guild.