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.
PAINT - I love it! It is color made physical.
My process is to paint through a matrix of string that demands that I stay 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 history and the accumulation of time.
Painting filters experience through sensibility. The daily routine is the culture of living and the act of painting is my way of being in it, by marking and remembering. I make visual the quiet and overlooked. 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 landscapes of memory.