My work tackles conversations, between culture, nature, and emotions surrounding where metaphysics meet physics.
I explore feelings of daytime, nighttime, ice, seasons, water, tree branches, as well as the internal branches of the human mind and body. I am expressing the impact of human emotions on the logic of natural patterns.
My compositions are random and chaotic, and suggest meanings beyond my original idea of landscape, to include states of fluidity between the elements of water, fire, air, metal, and wood, the five elements of Chinese alchemy.
Patty Hudak currently works in her studio in Vermont, and is a citizen of both Ireland and the USA. She studied painting at Wellesley College, where she was awarded two Stecher Scholarships to study abroad in Italy and France. Since 2005, she has practiced art in Hong Kong SAR; Beijing, China; and Tokyo, Japan. She is a recipient of the Vermont Arts Council’s 2018-2019 Creation Grant.
In 2018, Hudak collaborated in two 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, 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 in 2019, culminating in a documentational exhibition.
Her solo exhibitions include Patty Hudak in China, Being 3 Gallery, Beijing, China (2015); Patty Hudak, Grace Hotel Gallery, Beijing, China (2014-15); True Colors, US Embassy Beijing American Center, Beijing, China (2013); On the Curve, Viva Now, Beijing, China (2009); and Garden Helices, 5 OPT Gallery, Hong Kong (2008). Group exhibitions include Beyond the Three Perfections, Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland (2017), Mi-Lab Exhibition, 3331 Space, Tokyo, Japan (2016, 2017), Tokyo International Art Fair (2017), Tokyo Book Arts Fair, (2016, 2017), Surface(s), Nishimachi Artist Space, Tokyo, Japan (2017); Shadow Sides, Nishimachi Artist Space, Tokyo, Japan (2016); Birth of a Nation, Ning Gallery, Beijing, China (2016); Identity, Emerging Arts Research Center, Beijing, China; and Irish Wave Festival, Inter Art Gallery, Beijing, China (2015).
In 2016, 2017, and 2019 Hudak was an Artist in Residence at Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory in Yamanashi, Japan, where she has studied traditional woodblock printing with Japanese Masters. 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.