ABOUT THE ARTIST
Patnode is a multi-disciplinary artist based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. She is a writer, filmmaker, and artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in New Media from the University of North Texas.
Patnode's work often explores the intersection of femininity and humor within the context of various cultural and scientific systems. She draws connections between American culture, womanhood, and a desensitization of natural biological processes resulting from industrialization and technology.
Patnode has contributed her work to various group exhibitions throughout the Denton area. These include Rubbish Rodeo, Resolute Interruption, and What We Leave Behind.
In 2022, Patnode released a series of Fluxus books exploring the female experience in America, the corporate world, and laundromats. Various scores accompanied these books, which were then performed and turned into a video installation. Patnode's art reflects her commitment to Fluxus, an art movement that emphasizes the creative process over the final product, often incorporating performance and interactivity.
My work investigates the complex and ever-evolving relationship between womanhood, technology, and industrialization in American culture. I explore the ways in which these seemingly disparate elements intersect and interact, making a humorous and sometimes serious relationship while creating a rich tapestry of textures and motifs that reflect the gritty realities of our modern world.
Womanhood represents a complex and multifaceted identity that has been shaped and constrained by the forces of patriarchy and capitalism. Through my work, I seek to honor women's resilience and strength while acknowledging how larger cultural and historical forces shape our experiences.
To capture the tactile quality of my experiences, I incorporate a range of dirty textures and materials into my work, ranging from dirt from the ground and concrete to wires and distressed fabrics. These elements serve as a visual reminder of the physical and emotional toll of industrialization and technological progress while providing a sense of depth and richness to my pieces. In addition, these textures are often juxtaposed with more polished elements, creating a tension between the natural and the artificial, the organic and the industrial.