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Based in Toronto, Patrice Carmichael is a visual artist working across mediums. Her practice begins from the photographic narrative exploring quiet, wild landscapes. She immerses herself in these spaces, seeking connections on multiple levels. Patrice documents a map of her emotional conversation with the environment and its geography. She considers the species and people before taking her practice to painting. In her images, she aims to leave the remnants of this partnership. These images redefine nature in her own realities of colour and shape.
In 2014 and 2015 Patrice travelled with Parks Canada's "Art in the Park" program to Ivvavik in the Western Arctic. This rare opportunity to experience a protected area-- fewer than 100 people visit each year -- has been a powerful inspiration. Ivvavik is known as "the nursery," where Arctic wildlife comes to give birth.
The floe edge is a constantly moving and dynamic line that marks the end of fixed fast ice (ice that is anchored to the shore) and the start of the Arctic Ocean. 2017 brings Patrice to Nunavut. In her third journey, somewhere between Baffin Island and Greenland she camped out on the frozen ocean for a few weeks to meet the area’s mythical whale pods. The floe edge will, it is predicted, disappear in the next 15 years.
Current Exhibit June 8th through to September 2018 https://gallery44.org/exhibitions/forward
Photography documenting this area has been exhibited at Gallery 44 in Toronto. “Going North” Stories from the Arctic in 2015. https://gallery44.org/exhibitions/going-north
Paintings and photography published in the January 2016 issue of ELLE Canada magazine, “Arctic Reverie” Camping in the Canadian Tundra. http://www.ellecanada.com/living/travel/elle-world-arctic-reverie/a/109170#.VnM2jFLTRQl
Selected for the Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition in 2013 at the Orillia Museum of Art andHistory.
Patrice has been represented by Agora Galley in Chelsea Manhattan. Previously, she held the position of President for The Beach Guild of Fine Art in Toronto, a talented group of 55 artists and has served as the Guild's publicist.
756 Studio Collective located in Leslieville, Toronto.