I am so honored to be the recipient of the Awagami Paper Award from the International Mokuhanga Conference this year, taking place in Nara, Japan. The Awagami Paper Company have been producing paper for over 6 generations by the Fujimori family in Tokushima, Japan, while keeping up with tradition and the needs of contemporary artists worldwide. The award includes 50 sheets of Awagami Paper, which is some of the best paper in the world.
I am indebted to my fantastic teachers from Japan, for the residencies that I attended by the Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory in Kawaguchi-ko, Japan, under the shadow of Mt. Fuji, for the privilege of attending carving practice in the studio of Motoharu Asaka, and for the workshop in the studio of Katsutoshi Yuasa, in Tokyo. I particularly love the community of artists who are practicing Mokuhanga internationally, particularly the group of women we call the “Mokuhanga Sisters”, who have guided my practice since 2017.
Mary Gow, from the Times Argus reviewed my exhibition “Botanical Ornaments”, at the TW Wood Museum in Montpelier, VT. We had a lovely conversation, where we discussed how humans relate to trees, and how we can reconnect to nature through our relationships with plants. She has some very beautiful insights not only into my artwork, but her writing about art in general exposes her sensitivity to visual media and to the concerns of our times. You can read the review here: “Botanical Ornaments” Patty Hudak Finds Solace in Nature
I will be exhibiting my large scale installation, Botanical Ornaments, at the Nuquist Gallery at the TW Wood Museum in Montpelier VT, from August 6- October 30. This work is inspired by the spiritual and mystical sensations from the woodlands of rural Vermont.
Botanical Ornaments is a fabric installation explores humanity’s role as a part of nature, and the possibilities of what happens when the boundaries between the two dissolve. The installation features a large painted fabric stage, which can be entered, giving the feeling of immersion within the painted surface.
The installation is accompanied by three large scale prints, that personify the experience of spiritual oneness with the natural world.
Mokuhanga is a traditional printmaking technique that was made internationally known by Ukiyo-e artists – Utamaro, Hokusai and Hiroshige, for example – during the Edo period in Japan (1603 – 1863). Moku means wood in Japanese, and hanga means print. This water-based technique is similar to that of Chinese and Korean woodblock printing but master printers in Japan developed special characteristics such as the kento registration system that make Mokuhanga uniquely Japanese. Mokuhanga is an environmentally friendly technique. It uses only natural materials: wood, watercolour, washi (Japanese handmade paper) and a baren (a handheld tool made from bamboo to print without the need of a printing press). The pigments are applied with a brush and, though being printed by hand, the image is pressed deeply into the washi paper. The artists in this exhibition have studied traditional Mokuhanga printmaking – adapting it to their own practice using contemporary innovations. Moya Bligh (1954 – 2009), who lived in Japan, introduced Mokuhanga to Graphic Studio Dublin in 1980s. Many of the other artists in this exhibition went on to study in Japan. There is now a growing international network of artists using this technique. Kanreki is one of several exhibitions planned to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Graphic Studio Dublin. ‘Sixty’ is a magical number in Japanese culture. Kan means return or cycle and reki depicts calendar. It is a celebration of being reborn or of a new beginning. In Japan, Kanreki is traditionally symbolized by the colour red. All artists in this exhibition have incorporated red into their prints.
I am so pleased that my print, Botanical Ornament 1, will be included in the exhibition, Flora, at Gallery 263 in Cambridge, MA, which runs from May 20-June 19, 2021. The exhibition is truly gorgeous, and involves many artists for whom environmental healing is at the center of their work. Here is a digital tour of the exhibition, created by a company called
This show presents the work of 50 artists from across the United States whose art evokes the wonder of plants or questions preconceived notions about them. Enlisting photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media, printmaking, video, and installation, these artists envision and observe the role of flora in raising awareness of planetary change, considering the human condition, and making a connection with the natural world. FLORA is juried by artist Mark Dion.
Spent the day at Cone Editions in East Topsham, Vermont, where Nathanael Kooperkamp and Walker Blackwell made my work look sooooo good! Handmade pigments in high tech prints on Japanese Awagami paper– mixing the old with the new- Thanks to Cathy Cone for her hospitality and introduction to the many possibilities of this process.
I am taking my second class with The Alternative Arts School. The course called At Home in the Body and is taught by the fabulous Janine Antoni. The course is transformative and experiential, with lists of questions and projects to open up the connections between our bodies, life, and art. I find myself questioning every aspect of what I am doing. The course is open to artists at all stages of their careers, the exchange of ideas is rich and personal, and there is also a lot of humor.
I have been working with a think tank of artists, poets, craftspeople and a composer in a collective called Solve Studio. Conceived of by Claire Cuccio, Solve Studio is conceptualizing themes around depression, and how art could be used to mentor youth around these issues.
The video above is a work in progress, which is exploring the feeling of going into a crater, a black hole, deep time and imagining the expansiveness of solitude and thinking, and how we can dissolve our individuality into a collective whole.
I am currently taking an online class withThe Alternative Arts School. The mission of TAAS is to create a global community of artists who use the tools of art to create a better society. The instructors are among the brightest thinkers and practitioners in the world of art, and the student body is global, diverse in age, nationality, education levels and are themselves emerging leaders in both art and their local communities.
The class I am taking is The Art and Culture of Nature, taught by Mark Dion, who encourages us to examine ideas about nature, and to challenge our own ideas about nature. His gentle persona, along with his own years of experience, lead to discussions which always seem to end too early.
One of our assignments this week is to create a one minute nature video, I have attached mine here:
Southern Vermont Arts Center will be exhibiting 3 of my works, as well as an installation, in their powerful winter exhibition in which artists reveal their struggles, creative breakthroughs, perspectives, and personal relationships through new works of art. This thematic exhibition titled “Unmasked: ArtfulResponses to the Pandemic”unfolds over the course of ten galleries in SVAC’s Yester House, and includes over 40 artists.
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SVAC’s Unmasked exhibition is supported in part by the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Yoko Akino, Moya Bligh, Debra Bowden, Kari Cahill, Cliona Doyle, Susan Early, Niamh Flanagan, Paul Furneaux, Mary Grey, Patty Hudak, Ann Kavanagh, Jennifer Lane, Louise Leonard, Kate MacDonagh, Ed Miliano, Ross McDonnell, Susan Mannion, Geraldine O’Reilly, Helen O’Sullivan, Robert Russell, Mateja Smic, Elke Thonnes, Vaida Varnagiene, Katsutoshi Yuasa
Kanreki is an exhibition of Mokuhanga prints by members of Graphic Studio Dublin and invited artists. Mokuhanga is a traditional Japanese printmaking technique - moku means wood, and hanga means print. It is an environmentally friendly technique, using as it does only natural materials - wood, watercolour, washi (Japanese handmade paper) and a baren (a handheld tool made from bamboo to print without the need of a printing press). The pigments are applied with a brush and, though being printed by hand, the image is pressed deeply into the washi paper.
The artists in this exhibition have studied traditional Mokuhanga printmaking - adapting it to their own practice using contemporary innovations.
My image, Come Closer, will be included in this exhibition and is in a limited edition of 10 prints. For more information, please contact the Model.
Exhibition on View: September 5 – November 30, 2020 Opening Reception: Saturday, September 5 from 3 – 5 pm
The Southern Vermont Arts Center, in Manchester, VT, will exhibit my 2018-2019 Vermont Creation Grant Project, There, Through the Broken Branches, Go.
The title, taken from the WB Yeats poem, Two Trees, is an invitation to enter another world. This large scale installation (over 45 yards of fabric, 9 feet wide) invites us to contemplate the here and now, before our final passing into other worlds.
The installation will be located in the staircase of the contemporary galleries in the Wilson Center, naturally lit from behind, with the fabric suspended and cascading down the stairs.
For more information, hours, and directions, please visit the SVAC website.
- Bronwyn Sims / Devised Theater - Patty Hudak / Visual Artist - Sarah King / Singer Songwriter
Each episode will begin with our host making a Vermont Signature Cocktail/Mocktail that the audience is encouraged to make and enjoy during the broadcast. The host will then introduce three separate artists.
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Ink Languages: A Conversation with Chalice Mitchell, Patty Hudak, and Alison Crites
Artists: Patty Hudak and Chalice Mitchell Moderator: Alison Crites, SVAC’s Manager of Exhibitions & Interpretive Engagement
Join artists Patty Hudak and Chalice Mitchell for an engaging online conversation about how living and working abroad in China and Japan fundamentally changed their artistic practice.
In particular, both artists developed a personal “ink language” through their exposure to, study of, and experimentation with the tradition of ink painting, which first flourished in China during the 600s and was introduced to Japan during the 1300s.
Patty and Chalice, whose artwork is currently on view at Southern Vermont Arts Center, will bring their memories and experiences to life through sharing images and stories. Alison Crites, SVAC’s Manager of Exhibitions & Interpretive Engagement, will moderate the program. There will be time at the end for audience members to ask questions.
I am delighted to be exhibiting my recent work at the Southern Vermont Art Center in Manchester, Vermont. Beautifully situated, the Southern Vermont Arts Center has put into place CoVid safe measures to protect us, while enriching us with its thoughtfully curated art exhibitions. The opening for my exhibition is on August 22, 2020 from 3-5pm. There will be a variety of solo exhibitions opening on that afternoon. However, don’t feel pressured to attend the opening–the exhibition will continue until October 4. There will be spectacular Fall days in Vermont when a trip to the Southern Vermont Arts Center will be peaceful and still, and you will be able to enjoy the artwork without being in a crowd.
TheScreen and Beyond is an online project originating from an open call conceived by Nick West and Yuka Otani for the Art Byte Critique collective. The world is changing rapidly due to COVID-19 pandemic. The artists participating in this e-book explore the theme of “Screen” from their perspectives. Through creating artworks, they try to find hints for surviving a world where the future is uncertain.
This is Hamilton Gallery’s sixth invited artists exhibition thematically drawing upon a major poem by W B Yeats and also timed to coincide with Ireland’s Decade of Commemoration. “Among School Children” comprises an individual work from each of 115 invited artists.
Exhibition curator and Vermont Art Guide Editor Ric Kasini Kadour invited Vermont art professionals to answer the question: “Which Vermont artists are creating contemporary art that commands our attention?”
Ten artists were selected from these responses. They are featured in Vermont Art Guide #11, and were exhibited at the Spotlight Gallery from February 2020 until the Covid-19 pandemic hit.
Ric explains that “The deeper purpose of Vermont Artists to Watch goes beyond a magazine feature, an exhibition, and artist boosterism. The project is an opportunity to discover artists, revisit familiar ones, and develop a deeper appreciation of visual arts in the state.”