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Lesley Patterson-Marx

Lesley Patterson-Marx

(b.1975) born in Louisville, KY, lives in Nashville
Root Mother Almanac, 2007
mixed media, 36.75 x 29.25 x 1 inches, 2009.54.2

Patterson-Marx holds a M.F.A. Degree from the University of North Carolina and a B.F.A. Degree from Murray State University, KY. She has exhibited her works at the Cynthia Broan Gallery in New York City; Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI; Berkeley Art Center in Berkeley, CA; and Frist Center for Visual Arts, TAG Art Gallery, Zeitgeist Gallery in Nashville, and in the Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery. Her work has been featured in national publications, including Craft and ReadyMade. She also works as a teaching artist and illustrator, having taught at Watkins College of Art Design, Vanderbilt University’s Sarratt Art Studios, Art & Soul, and University School of Nashville.

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“In poring over old magazines, sifting through jars of buttons, arranging stacks of sepia and black-and-white photographs, and collecting bug-eaten leaves, bird’s eggs, four-leaf clovers and cicada wings that I find on daily walks, I arrive at the images and textures that move me to make something more of them than they could be on their own. I am drawn to these things for their ephemeral qualities. Communing with them brings me comfort. Arranging them within my work reminds me that I am a part of something familiar and cyclical that would otherwise seem vast and unknowable.”—Patterson-Marx