A Short Bio
Patrushka grew up in deep in the bowels of Southern California and spent many hours safely cocooned in her room – stereo blasting, drawing, reading and coloring. Early artistic influences were book illustrations, record album covers, fairy tales, comics, poetry and TV. Later, the art books of MC Escher, Waterhouse, R. Crumb, Van Gogh, Max Ernst, Japanese design and Salvador Dali captivated her. Working in almost all media, from collage to painting, she’s created an eclectic array of images – concentrating the last few years in predominantly paintings on wood. Fascinated with the yin and yang of life, the skull beneath the smile, the dark within the light, the grain within the wood, the good as well as the bad. Music, pop culture, emotions, science, politics, injustice, the human face and our natural world are constant inspirations. She loves vintage shops, black cats, dark French roast coffee, guacamole and currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
“I’m not trying to color outside the line on purpose. I just find it more interesting.” – Laurie Anderson
About The Works: Ongoing Series and Themes
(To view all the works on any particular theme, enter its title in the search box, on the right.)
Once We Were Here: This series contains landscape and urban scenes, sometimes with a surreal juxtaposition. Often of abandoned places or forgotten things, void of human life. Sometimes with an apocalyptic feel, or a future world in which the environment has been altered by humanities presence. Many questions were the inspirations – who lived here? Why is it so dry and desolate? Who used to rock in that chair and what happened to them? Who used to live in that house? Where have they gone? How long have we got? What will the future look like?
The Ladies of the Newbrow: Portraits of inspiring and strong females – musicians, artists, authors and friends – some famous, some not.
The Hunted and the Hunters: Pieces depicting the emotional trauma of sexual assault and domestic violence – the victims (The Hunted) and the perpetrators (The Hunters). For the questions and thoughts behind these works, click here.
The Day of the Dead: These are images heavily influenced by The Day of the Dead, traditions and adornments which honor and celebrate the dead to help support their spiritual journey. Día de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, the U.S and many other countries.
The Geishas: Using the image of the geisha as the basis, many themes and portraits are explored within this series. These were inspired by the discovery of the real meaning of the word. It consists of two kanji, 芸 (gei) meaning “art” and 者 (sha) meaning “person” or “doer”. The most literal translation of geisha into English would be “artist,” “performing artist,” or “artisan.”
Patrushka is available for personal portraits, commissioned works and exhibitions.
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Contact: Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Text: (510) 364-7261
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