Although she lived much of her life in large cities, Pat James decided to retire on family property in rural northeast Nebraska. Raised in the Chicago area, Pat went on to earn an MFA in sculpture and a PhD in art education, and she was an associate professor of art in the General College and the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota, before she retired. She has shown her photoconstructions in a number of one-woman exhibits, including the Betty Strong Encounter Center, the Crane Trust in Wood River; the Brookings Arts Council; the Norfolk Arts Center; the Nebraska Governor’s Residence; Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD; the Fred Simon Gallery in Omaha; and the Dakota Discovery Museum in Mitchell, SD.
From the Artist:
Wildflower Prayers is the most recent series in Pat James’ long-term artistic project to document and interpret her family’s 600 acres of hilly pastureland along the 39-mile stretch of the Missouri River National Recreational River in Boyd County, Nebraska. This series focuses on more than 50 wildflowers and other plants that she encountered as she walked on the land and along the river. Many of these plants were present when Lewis and Clark camped about a mile away near what is now called “Old Baldy.” James photographs the plants when she is out walking and then digitally cuts out, refines and layers them on photographs of the sky. She calls these works “photoconstructions.” James’ goal is to highlight the beauty, strength, and fragility of each plant. Each flower — even the weeds – encourages a sense of awe and wonder at the complexity and diversity of the natural world.
Below are a few images of this artist’s work. To view more images or to purchase art from this Nebraska rural artist, please visit her website at http://patjamesart.com
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