Patty Hudak is an artist living in Underhill VT, whose work embodies philosophy and processes linked to Ireland, China, and Japan. While living in China, her work evolved to include theories of ink painting and process, and contains influences by the mystical Irish poet, WB Yeats. In Japan, she studied traditional woodblock printing and carving, which she is using for both print and installation work.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Hudak addresses concepts of isolating in Nature, amidst the surrounding turmoil. Her brush applies the color in organic patterns, and marks its history with the penetration of the color into the fibers of the surface. This action symbolizes Nature as a system of porous materials. The pressure of her brush is a real time response to the current emotional climate; she transforms these emotions into tangible forms. Memories of walking in Nature are channeled into the structures of the line.
In 2018-2019, Hudak collaborated in two Irish Eco-Residencies. In June 2018, she traveled to Baby Forest, a digital Artist Collective in West Cork, where she explored perceptual drawing in a newly established beech forest. In July 2018 and 2019, she traveled to Walking Birds’ Mountain, to collaborate with 14 artists and writers to produce an installation responding to folklore, archeology, and the natural environment in the Ballygawley Mountains in Sligo County. This residency will continue into the future, culminating in a documentational exhibition.
In 2016, 2017, and 2019 Hudak was an Artist in Residence at Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory in Yamanashi, Japan, where she studied traditional woodblock printing with Japanese Masters Printers and Carvers, as well as private study with Carving Master, Motoharu Asaka. She was honored to serve as a juror for the 2017 College Women’s Association of Japan 61st Print Show and served as Art Manager for the 2016 College Women’s Association Exhibition Intimate Dimensions. She has been a guest lecturer at the Irish Embassy, Beijing; the US Embassy Beijing American Center (2013), and Beijing Normal University (2012), and served as Artist in Residence at Harrow International School Beijing (2014-2015). She was awarded Being 3 Gallery Geography Projects Award in 2015 for her installation, Sailing to Byzantium. In addition to practicing art, she has curated small group exhibitions at Nishimachi Artist Space in Tokyo, Japan.
Hudak studied painting at Wellesley College, where she was awarded 2 Stecher Scholarships to study abroad in Italy and France. Since 2005, she has practiced art in Hong Kong SAR; Beijing, China; Tokyo, Japan; Sligo, Ireland; and Vermont, USA. She is a recipient of the Vermont Arts Council's 2018-2019 Creation Grant and was recently awarded the Vermont Artists to Watch in 2020.