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Patrick Stratton - Artist Statement

My work combines weaving with mechanics to document micro social systems. Using systematized observation, I make pieces that try to highlight small human moments from a playful, existentialist viewpoint. Inspired by writers like Samuel Beckett, I try to do my best with what I have, reducing my experience in a time of overwhelming saturation.


I do this through my recent series: “Things I do Sometimes”. I start with listing in a scientific-like approach, moving left to right in a regularly occupied space, listing every action to do with an object; scroll through phone, charge phone, lock phone, forget password. I then pick an item, and convert it into a moving tapestry, often weaving it, then using motors to animate the piece.


The result varies, sometimes they work consistently, other times they only work for a few seconds. This results in the art being stable; in the form of a mechanical tapestry, or unstable; in the form of a short video and the tapestry pieces archived.



Ma, Fine Art, City and Guilds of London School of Art


Ba, Mathematics and Philosophy, University of Leeds



Cordis Tapestry Prize, Shortlisted, Edinburgh


Ashurst Emerging Art Prize, Shortlisted, London




Aura, Holy Art, London


REA Emerging Art Fair, REA, Milan


Bare Necessities ,Haus Gallery, London

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