Patrick Vincent lives in Nashville, TN. He was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, having received his B.F.A. from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He received his M.F.A. from Arizona State University. He has worked for the design/letterpress workspace Studio on Fire, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and Pyracantha Press. Vincent was the artist in residence at the Lawrence Art Center in Lawrence, KS and at the Black Church Print Studio in Dublin, Ireland. His work has been exhibited in international and national exhibitions as a part of juried and group exhibitions, as well as solo and two-person exhibitions. Presently, he is the Associate Professor of Printmaking at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN.
I use print and print-based structures to explore myth and narrative in graphic traditions, mixing traditional and contemporary animal-human iconography to survey contemporary social and ecological issues. The animal and human figures signify that we are at once a part of the natural world and apart from it, which necessitates a mediated experience for us to reimagine and question our role in the natural world.
The series of prints “Turtle Islands” responds to the natural environment, specifically water and fire, as the effects of climate change become increasingly severe. Our own cultures and communities depend upon a complex ecosystem yet the effects of human industry have changed these systems dramatically. Each print centers on turtle shell as a suggestion of the world as a tangible object—referencing cosmological and ontological myths where the turtle shell is the world or supports the world, as we know it—as well as a signifier of a natural structure against various dynamic elements. These prints suggest a metaphorical landscape within the Anthropocene/Captitalocene epoch.