Patty Tyrol, "Cosmos", 2008, photo and regular litho, photo silkscreen, monotype, 40 x 48”

Patty Tyrol, “Cosmos”, 2008, photo and regular litho, photo silkscreen, monotype, 40 x 48”

Patty Tyrol

(SUNY New Paltz – Graduate Program)

In this work, I am interested in showing the universe-al in the particular, both natural and manmade- “to see the universe in a grain of sand”, as William Blake wrote.

I am inspired and informed by aspects of quantum physics that theorize that matter is not necessarily solid, time is not necessarily linear, and all things are sensitive to subtle energies and emotion. Reality is, apparently, not fixed- and so, neither are we.

I create images by juxtaposing elements from nature with manmade things in ways that show both their similarities and absurdly different qualities. The manmade things in the images are meant to carry symbols of home, industry, survival, birth, escape and everyday life. The literal ‘elements’ of nature carry meanings of the things we cannot control- and interact with the manmade things in ways that show our awkwardness and vulnerability, our inability to fathom the exact nature of the universe and our present existence in it, and the possibility of transformation by this process that is by turns chaotic and graceful.

I am interested in the marks made by different processes that show, in an immediate way, how they came from nature, or industry- photosilkscreen and lithography for capturing the rubbed surface or the photograph, and monotype for showing the mark and movement of the hand and body.

Patty Tyrol is currently working towards an MA in Printmaking at SUNY New Paltz. She currently holds a BS in Art Education and a BFA in Printmaking, both from SUNY New Paltz. Patty has worked as a teaching artist and as a teacher in the region for many years at institutions such as Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY. In 1990 she was awarded a NYFA Fellowship as well as a residency at Artpark. Patty’s work has been included in numerous exhibitions at such recent venues as Ask Gallery in Kingston, NY; The Would in Highland, NY; Women’s Studio Workshops; Gayle Wilson Gallery in Southampton, NY; Eileen Kremen Gallery in Fullerton, CA, among others. Her work is included in many book and print archives including the Harvard Library, the Museum of Modern Art, the Tate Museum, The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Massachusetts College of Art, and many more.