For Patricia, making something very complex often appears to become ‘nothing’. She often seeks this absence though a process that involves intense scrutiny.
Her work is on the cusp of both abstraction and figuration - a place where observation turns inwards. For her, energy is fundamental. The dominant energy resides in empty space: it is the absence or negative space that activates the artwork, yet also makes it unstable.
Resonating with concerns in science, Patricia connects with the idea that the artist operates as a self-referencing system of processes, where thinking occurs through the body, and the exchange of process and energy leads to continual transformation.
Trish is a Dumfriesshire-based artist whose practice (drawing, painting, sculpture and public art) is intimately connected to her interest in skill-lead art-making processes.
Originally from the Lake District, she studied at Central St. Martins and after qualifying and practicing as a lawyer in both England and Scotland, she finally returned to art full-time after completing a PhD through the practice of drawing at Glasgow School of Art in 2008. Her book entitled Drawing: The Enactive Evolution of the Practitioner is about the relationship between thinking and drawing.
In 2010 she won both the Threadneedle Prize and the Aspect Prize for work which responded to the regeneration of the Clyde landscape and led to a major 5 month exhibition at Kelvingrove Art Galleries, Drawing (on) Riverside.
She is a recent recipient of the RSA Kinross Scholarship, the RSW Hospitalfield Residency, and was regional prize winner in Discerning Eye 2011 and a finalist in the Arte Laguna Prize 2013 in Venice. She exhibits widely and is a member of the Drawing Research Network.
The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts
Royal Watercolour Society
2014 Royal Watercolour Society Award, RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition
2013 Finalist, Arte Laguna Prize Venice
2013 RSA Residency Award - Barns-Graham Trust
2011 Discerning Eye Scottish Regional Prize
2010 Winner, The Threadneedle Prize
2010 Winner, Aspect Prize
2009 RSA Residency Award
2009 RSW Visual Arts Residency, Hospitalfield House
2015 Inte/Exte, A-side B-side Gallery, London (Solo Exhibition)
2015 Royal Society of Watercolours, Contemporary Watercolour Society Competition, Bankside Gallery
2015 Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead, Broth Art
2014 Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize
2012 Drawing (on) Riverside 11 Spitalfields Gallery, London (Solo Exhibition)
2011 The Riveted Eye House for an Art Lover, Glasgow (Solo Exhibition)
2011 Drawing (on) Riverside Kelvingrove Museum (Solo Exhibition)
Drawing on Riverside (2011), Patricia Cain, Glasgow
Drawing: The Enactive Evolution of the Practitioner (2010), Intellect Books
Making thinking visible: the method of copying (2010) Entnofoor Special Edition on Imitation, 22:1
Drawing as coming to know: How is it that I know I make sense of what I do?, PhD Thesis, Glasgow School of Art/Glasgow University