Pattie Beerens

Pattie creates performances of weaving as studies of inhabiting place. Drawing on personal and previously private rituals, Pattie engages in public performances of place making - wandering, foraging, collecting, crafting, nurturing, befriending. Gaining permission, learning the rules, investigating the history, hearing the stories, spending time and sensing became part of each installation.

Mattering (materials fluxing) is Pattie's lens for being more attentive to the world as she inhabits and encounters place. She has an intimate relationship with clay, earth, mud… and inherited crafting as a medium of private expression. Viewed as traces, Pattie's crafted installations become ephemeral archives of human and non-human entanglements.

Pattie's interest is in the ethos that is emerging from her practice: caring for materials as kin – without hierarchy; crafting by ‘working with’ more than ‘doing to’ materials, and repositioning the human within the ecosystem of materials and out of the centre.

Pattie competed a Master of Fine Art at RMIT in 2021 and is continuing ceramics studies at Federation University. Pattie has been awarded Toorak Sculpture Exhibition first prize (2021), Manningham Ceramic Award (2019), Cheryl Twomey Memorial Prize (2018), Vice-Chancellor's Award, Federation University (2018) and is a Senini Ceramic Award finalist (2021). Pattie's ceramic works are in Manningham Council and Federation University Australia art collections.