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  Pam Patterson (Canada)
"Body as Site/Sight"

Body as Site/Sight seeks to critically interrogate the female (as) in sight and site and attempt to present creative strategies for being and viewing. The art historical canon and the art museum, which enacts it, act as backdrops to provide the containing frame. The work uses text- spoken and projected- projected images, recorded sound and performing artist to disrupt this paradigm.  How can I become subject, control my identity, be free enough from the constraints of traditions of female representation in art and in art institutions to create new associations? I playfully enter the space of the female imaginary and interrogate the sites/sights, which I find. My roles as educator and artist are central to the project.

Pam Patterson, Ph.D., OISE, University of Toronto, Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, has for 25 years, been active in both the art and movement communities.  Her research has focused on embodiment in art practice, the “body” in art and feminist art education with publications in journals such as: Studies in Education, Resources for Feminist Research, Matriart: A Canadian Feminist Art Journal, Fuse etc. In 2003, she chaired a session at the UAAC (University Art Association Conference) titled Women in Performance: Praxis and Pedagogy.

The Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art
The Canadian Art Database: Canadian Artist Files

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