Pattie Chalmers is a ceramicist who creates narrative tableaus and vessels using the images culled from childhood tales, four-for-a-dollar comic books, movies-of-the-week, and personal experience. Her work is a collage of these influences in combination with historical and fanciful elements that reveal her observations about identity, ideologies and our humanity.
Even though she primarily works within the realm of figurative ceramic sculpture, Pattie also engages in a variety of other approaches, resulting in the appearance of a somewhat frenetic studio practice. Narrative is the linchpin. Pattie is inherently an explainer and a storyteller and through her work attempts to map her experiences to give better understanding to others and herself.
Pattie Chalmers grew up in Winnipeg. She received a BFA in printmaking from the University of Manitoba in 2006 and completed her MFA in 2001 at the University of Minnesota. Chalmers works steadily and exhibits widely having presented work on 5 continents, in 6 countries and in 25 US states. Since 2006 Chalmers has lived and worked in Carbondale, where she is an associate professor of art at Southern Illinois University. (She might be a little bit compulsive, and she definitely likes to laugh at her own jokes).