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Patrick LoCicero

Gage Guest Teaching Artist Patrick LoCicero earned his MFA at The San Francisco Art Institute in California; and his BFA from the Ohio State University in Ohio

His teaching experience includes courses at the University of Washington, WA and Cornish College of the Arts, WA.

His work has been exhibited at Linda Hodges Gallery, WA; Seattle Art Museum, WA; Sue Greenwood Fine Art, CA; and the United States Embassy, country of Georgia. LoCicero's art also appears in commissions and collections around the United States.

Artist's Statement
My current paintings continue with my interest in the use of overlap, surface texture and collage. In my most recent work I explore the tradition of botanical and floral still life painting. I have reinterpreted the way botanical imagery has usually been depicted and instead introduce collaged pages from history books from various cultures, erotica from the Kama Sutra, letters, journals, encyclopedias, old children's books and vintage wall paper.

My work also makes references to the idea of traveling and the act of moving not only from one place to another but also from one time period to another. I am intrigued with the past and the associations that can be made with aged surfaces and vintage ephemera. The paintings refer to the idea of traveling as a metaphor for multiple kinds of passages; literally, symbolically and culturally. I am interested in both the idea of physically moving from one place to another and the idea of moving through memories and associations from one time period to another.

The use of overlap and collage in my paintings is directly related to the images I depict. I use the collage material to guide me to the iconography that will become the focus of the painting. I am interested in the contrasts that are set up between the collaged surfaces and the painted surfaces as well as the play between the actual shallow space and the implied deep space. I am always striving for a close material and conceptual relationship between the painted and collaged surfaces of my paintings.

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