Graeme Patterson, Woodrow, 2007.
photo : Guy L’Heureux, permission | courtesy CIAC / La Biennale de Montréal, Montréal

Graeme Patterson is originally from Saskatoon and now lives in Halifax. His practice stems from a self-developed approach to creating stop-motion animation. This “do it yourself” method is consistent in all facets of his production. Since graduating from NSCAD in 2002 his projects can be described as sculptural installations consisting of video, robotics, audio, music, and some interactive components. Generally he works in miniature using a 1:10 scale which originates from childhood. His installations attempt to bring the viewer into the world of play Patterson exists in while creating his stop-motion animations. From 2004-2007 he created a large body of work entitled “Woodrow”. This ten-piece installation encompasses all aspects of his practice. All of his work is based on personal memories and life experience with a mix of fantasy and surrealism. Currently Patterson is working towards another three- to four-year project focusing on finding and renewing his ties with a long lost friend from his childhood. Much like “Woodrow” Patterson will be travelling and plans to take temporary residence in Japan to create connections between his memories and reality. “I find my inspiration comes from a desire to constantly develop an alternate reality that stimulates reflective engagement with universal themes of longing, loss and recovery.”

Graeme Patterson, Woodrow, 2007.
photos : Guy L’Heureux, permission | courtesy CIAC / La Biennale de Montréal, Montréal
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