“I am inspired to search body language and proximity through the strange beauty of pattern and form that reminds us of both faraway lands and home. Through literary nods to biblical, mythical, and personal stories, I see the portrait as an intimate connection of our experience, one to the other.”
Patricia Schappler is a contemporary visual artist from the East Coast of America. She is part of multiple societies like the Portrait and Pastel Societies of America, the Women’s Caucus for the Arts, and PoetsArtists. Human figures and relationships are the core subject of the repository of artistic forms.
Schappler paints scenes of domestic life, human presence and the association between the characters that appear in her paintings. They often refer to images of her family members, students and peers for portrayal. These depictions of ordinary life are often blended with myths, fairytales, and biblical stories. The perception of the home remains central to the artist’s representations. She enquires about home as a concept and in reality, and how we interact and define domestic space within our beliefs. She states that the depicted forms are symbols of protection, which include curtains, carpets and quilts. Making an assemblage of semilogical forms in the routine objects, the paintings are narrative and precise. The facial expression vividly portrays emotions and internal alternation of the psyche.
Showcasing figures in a variety of movements like dancing, sleeping, sitting or whiling away time, they are intended to convey the psychological desires of sustaining through the adversities of life.
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