The Insider: Daisy Patton
“As an artist, my primary goal is to re-humanize people who have been forgotten or ignored,” Denver artist Daisy Patton says of her multidisciplinary work, which explores themes of history and memory. “I have found that even within those personal histories, my audience can always find aspects of their own autobiographies.” Her latest collection, for instance, is a series of oil paintings atop enlarged photographs. Here, Patton introduces us to some local artists and galleries who are making waves in Colorado–and beyond.
Where she finds inspiration: I appreciate the thoughtfulness and risk-taking at the Museo de las Americas, the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Center for Visual Art. I also enjoy Leon Gallery and Michael Warren Contemporary, and I’m excited about my new gallery, K Contemporary.
As a collector: I tend to buy work I wouldn’t make myself, such as a piece by Ashley Eliza Williams that depicts a rock covered in delicately painted colorful moss. I also have work from local artists Suchitra Mattai (mixed-media “drawings” and installations), Libby Barbee (mixed-media images and interactive sculptures) and Jodi Stuart (digital and plastic sculptural works).
Ones to watch? Frankie Toan‘s plush sculptures and interactive works, 2-D and 3-D prints by Sarah Fukami, Jennifer Pettus‘ mixed-media fiber art, book arts by Sammy Lee and Alicia Bailey, paintings and drawings by Stephen Batura, sculpture and installations by Laura Shill and Amber Cobb and Ian Fisher‘s large oil paintings of clouds.