Born in Belfast, Patricia Volk studied art at Middlesex Polytechnic and Bath. As a child she’d always dreamt of going to art school, but considered the possibility totally remote for people like her, not only having extreme dyslexia, but in a school where the very idea of studying art was laughed at. She nevertheless came to England with the idea getting in somewhere to train in art, but as a one parent family, her main preoccupation was getting enough money to live on. Then, one night after not painting or drawing for fifteen years, she lifted up a pencil and started to draw. After building up a portfolio and applying to Art College, she got in as a mature student in her thirties, which she says was the most exciting time of her life, though, ultimately, she felt like a square peg in a round hole. It was only in setting up her own studio on the border of Wiltshire and Somerset did she find her unique voice and begin to thrive.
Patricia studied three dimensional design at Middlesex University and ceramics at Bath Spa University.
‘’I believe in the juxtapositions of pure shape and colour create wonderful contradictions of power and fragility, stability and precariousness. Their tentative proximities, frictions and ‘rubbing against each other’ reflect, for me, the relationships between human beings. The awkward but beautiful partnership between the strong and the weak, the delicate and the robust – creating sometimes a balanced structure, and at other times one that seems as if it might topple, but keeps standing. Just as relationships between people, in life,’’ says the artist.
Patricia Volk was recently made a Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors.
Venue: Arundel Contemporary, 53 High Street, Arundel, BN18 9AJ