Jayne Patrick is a Canadian interdisciplinary artist. She often combines her love for nature and art-making while kayaking, free-diving and camping on remote islands off Canada’s west coast. Her camera and sketchbook are always close at hand, to capture her experiences, which she develops into finished artworks in her studio. Jayne’s art practice involves critical enquiry into social, environmental and political concepts, often related to her intimate connection with the natural world.
Jayne has been an artist in residence for Parks Canada/Council of the Haida Nation in the Gwaii Haanas (Haida Gwaii) archipelago. She also worked with 5 other artists on a 360 ft long public mural on the theme of community diversity in Abbotsford, BC.
Jayne has exhibited at the Haida Gwaii Museum, the Bill Reid Gallery of North West Coastal Art and other venues in British Columbia. Her art is held in the collection of the Haida Gwaii Museum and private collections in Canada. Jayne lives and works in the Fraser Valley near Vancouver, BC.
My art practice examines the human interface with the natural world, be it the in-between of rural and urban, or our relationships with the land, sea and air, and the creatures with which we share those environments. My interest also lies in the complexities of human relationships.
I work in a variety of media including drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, printmaking & photography, often moving between digital and analogue processes, and crossing the boundaries between disciplines during the creation of a single piece of work. A collage of magazine images may be transformed into a line drawing, then etched onto a copper print plate, and finally becomes a series of hand pulled prints; or photographs I’ve taken in the marine back-country may be digitally altered, collaged or transferred onto canvas and worked into layers of paint, plaster, graphite and found objects. This interdisciplinary process allows me to introduce unexpected relationships between elements of the work, by breaking the original associations of scale, form and context.
I enjoy intuitive and experiential art-making processes which have included photographing underwater on a single breath or sketching from my kayak on the ocean. I have ridden a horse over a board loaded with impasto paint, and have also worked quietly in the woods with a group of women using natural materials at hand, to create a physical response to the location.
Conceptual and physical elements are equally important to my creative process. Ideas evolve from a broad range of personal experiences or global observations yet generally have themes universal to the human experience, such as attitudes toward ‘the other’, social inequity, disconnection or celebration. Always, I use my artwork to question and attempt to make sense of our place on this planet as human beings, and my place as an individual in it all.