Artist Berry Patten answers FAD’s Questions

Zabludowicz Collection Invites, Berry Patten, BT Ariel, 2012

Berry Patten: BT Ariel , 2012 Zabludowicz Collection

Zabludowicz Invites: Berry Patten @Zabludowicz Collection from 4th of July- 11th of August

Born in Essex in 1986, Berry Patten is a from a newer generation of artists who are busting their way out onto the scene. She is one of seven emerging artist who has been hand selected for ‘Invites’ which is a unique opportunity in which the Zabludowicz collection provides to enable artists without a commercial gallery representation to produce a solo show dedicated to their practice. This particular show, which will run until 11th of August, exquisitely conveys how Patten processes personal experiences and the everyday through digital language and tools, in order to produce works that chase the authenticity of the imagery she encounters. Her work aestheticizes everyday objects and tropes of popular culture, touching on memories and feelings as well as notions of aspirational living. Her still life photographs and collages evoke themes of girlishness, teenage identity and womanhood. Sampling from dance music, film and personal footage and memorabilia, her videos also display a finely tuned sensitivity to colour, pattern and texture and bring together a dreamy wistfulness with harder edged humour and sense of absurdity.

If you were not an artist what would you be?

A chef or a private detective

How long have you been involved with your practice and where did you go to school?

I have been making work for about ten years now. I went to Norwich school of Art and Design where I graduated in 2007.

How has the combination of living in London and your university experience help to shape your practice?

I never really fit in at university, I was 17 when I started the course and in hindsight I should have taken some time to travel or work, but art school introduced me to an amazing group of creative people, moving to London together and creating network that have supported my practice over the years.

Zabludowicz Collection Invites, Berry Patten, D, 2012 (detail)

Berry Patten: D 2012 Zabludowicz Collection

How did you get involved with the Zabludowicz collection?

This is my first show at Zabludowicz. My good friend Hannah Perry showed for invites in 2012, and I started following the programme very closely. I then had a studio visit with Ellen, the curator of Zabludowicz collection invites last year. The space is amazing and I was really excited to be asked as part of the invites programme.

What was the most intelligent thing that someone has said or written about your work?

A curator friend told me to finish things properly and to stop trying to do everything myself. It pushed me to approach materials in a more sensitive way that has now become a more important part of my practice.

Any time, any place, which artist’s body would you most like to inhabit?

This is somewhat of an odd question! I would love to see things through David Hockney’s eyes- but I would NOT want his body!

Zabludowicz Collection Invites, Berry Patten, PureSure, 2912

Berry Patten, Pure Sure, 2012 Zabludowicz Collection

What’s next for you?

I’m craving moving image! This show covers almost every other medium and I have collected so much footage that I have not had a chance to use! Also, getting away and making work in a new environment, so I’m very much looking into residencies abroad at the moment!

Also, come join Berry Patten on the 21st of July for Sunday lunch, which will coincide with her upcoming Invites exhibition. The selections of food will be based on her Grandmother’s recipes, followed by a conversation between the artist and Elise Lammer, independent curator. Check the website nearer the time for a full menu.

Admission is free but limited spaces are available so please contact the gallery at: www.zabludowiczcollection.com/contact

About Zabludowicz Collection: The Zabludowicz Collection is dedicated to bringing emerging art to new audiences and actively supporting arts organizations and artists. It was founded in 1994 and contains over 2000 works by over 500 artists, spanning over 40 years of art production. Its focus is on emerging art from the late 20th century to the present day.

For more info on Zabludowicz: www.zabludowiczcollection.com

All images courtesty of: Berry Patten

 

About VC Maurer

VC Maurer, is an aspiring art critic, columnist, and art journalist. With a dual degree in Art History and Religious Studies, she also obtains a masters degree in Curating Contemporary Design from London, UK. Currently she lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant, BK.

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