Patricia C Vener
When I was four years old I taught myself to pirouette. I even remember the time in a department store while my mother was looking through the rack, I was situated in front of a mirrored alcove pushing off and spinning around. I was determined to be a Ballerina. I succeeded more or less, though not to the degree of fame I'd been working for. At the same time I was drawn to fine art as well as astronomy, geology and some related fields in the sciences. I didn't realize it at the time, but one thing these all have in common is movement.
Everything in the Universe is in motion - at least in relation to something else, even if that something else is the spacetime continuum itself. Galaxies are clumps of stellar families dancing around each other and, in the case of spiral galaxies, around a common center of mass at the center of the clump. On a smaller scale, the dancer is in motion even when she seems to be standing still. In all forms of art we look for "flow." We say that the eye flows in some direction through or about the work. Kinetic art, itself, is art that actively moves. It seems that I am drawn to movement in all its definitions. I move, I change - just like the Universe.
Life, itself, is motion. For the past 10 years I have been primary family caregiver for my mother. She has advanced Alzheimers Disease. Like dancers on a stage we have moved through this time with our roles reversing completely. Liken to a waltz where traditionally the male partner leads but, now, over the course of the dance the leader becomes the female partner (and the man is now moving backwards).
It's no wonder my chosen medium, bead weaving, is, as I am, mobile.
What characterizes my work? Movement. Thread moves through every bead, locking each of them into positions that carry the viewers gaze over the piece according to the flow of colors, textures, and patterns.
As I mature I find more trust in my instincts to explore the media I choose to bring beauty to a world which needs as much as can be had. I am moving from the traditional artist media of paints to the less well explored media of bead weaving. My work is motion and movement both of the work and the viewer. It is wearable art, as jewelry, but I also intend it to be as intellectually viewable as any painting or sculpture.
Patricia C Vener manipulates light and shadow, color and texture to invoke in her audience a visceral emotional response to art works which can be worn and therefore viewed in a changeable context. More than just intellectually beautiful, Patricia's bead woven jewelry and hangings translate the panorama of nature and concrete reality to emotive abstractions approachable from a variety of perspectives.
Patricia doesn't hide from potential collectors, but, like any treasure worth finding, her work is sought out by discerning individuals. Her most recent public showing is at The Bird Nest Gallery and Salon in Guiford CT.
Patricia does also leak images to the Internet on her website, eNewsletter, blog, facebook Page, and on her Pinterest boards. She's also happy to display her work live but you do need to contact her first.
Innate talent is great and Patricia has plenty of it, but she has occasionally sought to gain insights from other artists' perspectives. She has pursued this by having taken classes at Silvermine Guild of Artists School of Art, Art Students League, and the School of Visual Arts as well as constant self-directed independent study. Patricia believes that lifelong learning is an ongoing adventure that enriches both her life and her work.
Patricia is always amazed by people who tell her that they've lived in the same town all their lives because she, herself, has not. Her roots are shallow but extensive, having put down in many places before her present residence in Hamden, CT, not far from the Sleeping Giant geologic formation.