As an artist, I am interested in the evolving transformations of living things as time moves everything forward; I strive to capture the moments of growth and decline that are so fleeting in nature.
My work is about the transformation of living forms. In the past, my work focused on the pre-adolescent and adolescent growth of my own children. The time that one grows from childhood to adulthood is fascinating because it is a point of tremendous change for both the body and the mind.
Presently, I am investigating the endangered and extinct species of the Susquehanna River area. My aim is to alert the public to the shapes we have lost and are losing. The thread that ties my works together is what is gained and lost as time progresses. I’m also fascinated with shapes produced throughout the life span of all living forms. Miniature shapes, such as microscopic cell structures in plants and animals, and massive shapes, like those of muscles and bones, are all inter-related and compelling to me because of their similarities. I am propelled to record my discoveries of the changes from beginning to end in all of nature both visually and psychologically.
Much of my artwork is photo-based manipulated works in Adobe Photoshop merged with hand drawings and output as either hand-pulled prints or ink-jet digital prints. I combine the media of drawing, printmaking and photography on the computer to get the results that I am most satisfied with. I find my propensity to draw is fueled by my desire to leave a physical mark on my art; the mark made is pared down to just the surface of the paper and the mark of the tool that seconds later becomes a recorded memory. I am fascinated with mark-making and find it to be a necessary part of my life.
I hope to make people appreciative of the precious moments of the transformations that humans, animals, and plants go through.
- MFA in Print Media, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
- BA in Print Media, Cortland State University, Cortland, NY
I teach all levels of print media, drawing, and 2D design. I'm thrilled to be teaching at Ithaca College. It is an institution that truly embraces the liberal arts spirit.
Patricia Hunsinger was awarded an artist residency in the spring of 2023 at the Arquetopia Foundation in Oaxaca, Mexico where she learned how to make natural pigment inks. Other artist residencies she was selected for were the Jentel Artist Residency, Banner WY, and The Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, WY. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in galleries and museums.