My mixed media paintings begin with images abstracted from
natural forms such as cells, bacteria, viruses, seed pods,
and plants. These images are starting points for my language
These forms are abstracted and put together into “systems”
which seem sometimes to be on a microscopic level, other times
on a bodily level, and yet other times on a galactic level.
I am interested in apparent contradictions in life. My pictures
pit clarity versus obscurity, familiarity versus strangeness,
repulsion versus attraction, humor versus tragedy. These opposing
forces represent for me the essence of being human; we are
heroic and we are degenerate. My aim is to marry beauty and
deformity, pleasure and fear.
These pictures embrace the intrinsic beauty found in the natural
world. They also address the fears and anxieties that pervade
– Patricia Hagen