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Printmaking + Book Arts

I address, courage, fear, confidence, and self-doubt in my drawings, prints and animations. The images are layered landscapes, strewn with obstacles. The work calls up the fear and the allure of the unknown, the possible consequences and potential rewards of navigating unfamiliar territory. 



Patty Smith is an artist/printmaker and book artist who lives and works in Philadelphia, PA. Her work is represented by A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, where she is a national member.

Patty's work is exhibited nationally and internationally, including in Brooklyn, NY, Philadelphia PA, Paducah, KY, Seoul, Korea, Venice, Italy, Lorca, Spain, Paris France and Tokyo, Japan. Her books and prints are in several print and special collections libraries, including Bibliotheca Alexandria, Egypt, Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Van Pelt–Dietrich Library, The University of Pennsylvania.

Since 2012 Patty has been collaborating with French artist/animator Claire Fouquet. Together they have created prints and drawings that have become animations (Crowds and Barriers, and Obstacle Illusion), and artists books, "Et si nous y allions de l'autre Cote," "Geology/Genealogy" and "On the Other Side." The videos are included in exhibitions and installations, and as the visuals for music and dance performances. Patty spends several months of the year working in Paris at the Atelier Bo Halbirk.

She earned an MAEd from the Philadelphia College of Art (now UArts); studied Japanese woodblock at the Yoshida Hanga Academy, Tokyo, and earned a BA at Immaculata College. She was an artist in residence at Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy, The Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York, and the Tyrone Guthrie Center in Ireland.

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