Patricia Armato was born and raised in the Chicago area, and studied at the American Academy of Art, the Chicago Art Institute, and the Ogunquit School of Painting. She works primarily in stone and bronze, attempting to capture light and shadows in her forms so they can become part of the sculpture itself.
I like to feel my function as a sculptor is to try to convey the elements of emotions and visualization to the viewer. Trying to work with space both positive and negative is always a challenge. I feel the negative space in sculpture can almost give the same effect as a positive form. Because I prefer to work abstractly or non-objective; I look at the negative space in some pieces as the soul and energy of the sculpture.
I enjoy the freedom my medium gives me for expression. My rewards are not only the finished sculpture, but the rhythm of carving is the experience of pure joy.
The additional pleasure of seeing my finished piece is to see the viewer enjoy the tactile feeling of the sculpture. –
Barbara Hepworth was a sculptor for whom I had a great deal of respect. She once said "Sculpture communicates an immediate sense of life; you can feel the pulse of it. In sculpture we have a complete orientation of body and mind". How fortunate to be able to have that experience.