STATES OF FLUX by Patricia Kenny

Exhibition from June 28 to July 15, 2018

VERNISSAGE : Thursday June 28, 5pm to 8pm

In her exhibition« States of flux » presented at La Fab from June 28 to July 15, 2018, multidisciplinary artist Patricia Kenny draws from the universality of life’s transformative experiences and the resilience of the human spirit to create a series of expressive and vibrant abstract paintings.

“Resilience is seen as something pliable that withstands forces of nature and time. Forms in my works are dissolving and re-forming simultaneously and survive as weathered, layered and translucent surfaces. Contrasts in colour and value and the relationships between forms contribute to the energy and drama in my paintings”, says the artist, who uses her own life-altering experiences as raw material for her creative process. 

Patricia’s primary discipline is painting. She uses drawing to create spontaneously-generated imagery as an adjunct to painting, taking digital photos to collect inspiring imagery from both natural and urban surroundings. The imagery within the work is mysterious and often mystical or surrealistic. Her method of working is based on spontaneity and materiality. Dynamic energy and movement are created using a varied repertoire of means that includes scratching, pouring and layering of paint and materials.

Patricia Kenny has studied visual arts at Ottawa School of Art (OSA), Algonquin College and York University. After moving to Ottawa in 1989, she worked in the education sector, raised four children and studied art at night. A transformative life event in 2011 precipitated soul searching resulting in her decision to focus full-time on her life-long passion for art.  She returned to her visual arts education at OSA and graduated in the Spring of 2017 with a Fine Arts Diploma. Recipient of several scholarships and awards during her time at school, Patricia has displayed her work in numerous solo, juried and group exhibitions across Ottawa. A house fire in April of 2016 resulted in great loss that ignited renewed passion and resolve to create. 

Patricia Kenny welcomes you to her vernissage on Thursday, June 28, between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Come and meet her, chat about art, and enjoy the live music, fresh produce, and wonderful fresh foods available at the Old Chelsea Market, which is located at La Fab on Thursdays (from 4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.) during summer.  

Learn more about Patricia by visiting her website at