Born in Kitchener, Ontario, Patricia Brennan has studied sculpture both in Rome and in New York City. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art, she took a Masters in Studio Art at New York University, where she developed a mixed media process inspired, in part, by the I Ching, the Chinese Book of Change. The resulting work, called Blueprint Valleysweep, was seen at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Galleryin 1983. Resembling a `monumental silicon chip', this work explores figure/landscape collages with photo-silkscreen printed directly onto white porcelain. During the 1980's and 1990's, she developed a systemic approach to mythologizing friends and acquaintances, producing the miniature diorama series Dancing Cow in St. Petersburg and the theatrical sculpture installation Guardians & Arkangels From Earth. Guardian and Arkangel models came from the artistic milieu in which the artist was centred. The project won an Arts Abroad Grant from the Ontario Ministry of Culture & Communications to tour Russia in 1991.
In 1992/93, the exhibition was shown at the Grimsby Art Gallery and at Arcadia Art Gallery, Toronto. During that time, Canadian author Timothy Findley selected a portrait sculpture from the`Guardian Series', for a Toronto Arts Council Protege Award. Arkangels From Earth was featured in an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Algoma for the 1996 Algoma Fall Festival. For this event, Patricia created a new work, collaborating with dancers and musicians from Toronto to Algoma, and native Ojibwe dancers and drummers. She produced a community workshop production of a new myth, called Arkangel Drum Dance, which was performed at the White Pines Theatre, Sault Ste. Marie. The story and choreography were inspired by her Arkangel narratives and by the discovery of a Great Lakes Dragon in the Agawa Canyon pictographs. The Arkangels and Guardians continue in their mythic journey, and are about to become the subject of a website featuring 47 sculpture works. Titled The Arkangel Project, it is anticipated on-line by the end of this year.
From 1991 to 1994, Patricia served as Vice-President of the Sculptor's Society of Canada, and was a founding Director of the SSC's Canadian Sculpture Gallery in First Canadian Place
1982 Masters of Art New York University
1972 Ceramics Centro Internazionale Ceramica, Rome, Italy
1968 Faculty of Education Univeristy of Toronto
1952 A.O.C.A Ontario College of Art
2003 "Footprints" Arcadia Art Gallery, Toronto
1998 "At the Bottom of the Garden" Arcadia Art Gallery, Toronto
1996 "Sculpture Exhibit & Drum Dance" Art Gallery of Algoma
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2003 "The Art of Giving" Canadian Sculpture Centre, Toronto
2002 "Et in Arcadia Ego" Pteros Gallery, Toronto
2001 "The Tahki Exhibition" Karachi, Pakistan
Toronto Arts Protégé Awards, selected by Timothy Findley
1993,1992 Ontario Arts Council Exhbition Grant
1991,1989 Quèbec Ministy of Culture
1981 Canada Council Exhibition Grant
Media: Bronze, Ceramic
SSC Member Since: 1987
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