About the Book
“Reality Check” is a visual dialogue about the tensions generated by the interaction of man-made and natural landscapes. It explores primal issues about the environment, the Universe and our place in it. From concrete structures in Toronto’s landscape transformed by future environmental impact, the subject of her previous exhibition at the AGN in 2009, her work has evolved to include phenomena in distant parts (and times) of the Universe interacting with built structures from our daily lives. Abandoned and destroyed homes and residences, factories, expressways and drive-in theatres exist in a shared virtual space with nebulae and galaxies. Her body of work is a meditation on space, time and memory.
Pat was born in Ottawa, and studied drawing and painting in Montreal at the School of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, at McGill University, and at Concordia University School of Art. She has also studied at Toronto’s Three Schools of Art and Toronto School of Art, and at the Haliburton School of the Arts. Pat is a member of the Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts in Toronto, the Colborne Society of Artists, and the Pontiac Artists’ Association in Quebec, and has held a position on the Board of the Arts Council of Northumberland since 2007. Pat has participated in numerous juried and solo shows, received an Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant in 2010, and has won local, national, and international awards.