The National Buffalo Museum will be opening I AM BISON, a debut art installation by Virginia based conceptual and visual sculptor and fiber artist Patty Swygert. The works will be on view beginning Friday, November 27th, with a virtual opening reception and artist talk on December 4th. The exhibit will feature nearly 30 two- and three-dimensional works created by Swygert specifically for the National Buffalo Museum’s space.
Swygert was inspired to propose and create this show after participating in the National Buffalo Museum’s Bison in Art 2019 juried art show during the summer of 2019. Using paint, ink, earth pigments, soil, dyes, thread and yarn on paper, fabric, and found objects, the show offers glimpses of the iconic National Mammal, from prehistory through present day.
Regarding her inspiration for I AM BISON, Patty says, “I love stories, especially those which feature an underdog and involve numbers. The story of the bison has both of those characteristics. From the first animals which crossed into North America from Asia, bison flourished until millions roamed the continent for perhaps millions of years before being reduced to fewer than 1,000 animals in just a few decades and then brought back from the brink of extinction.”
Patty’s work has been exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally. Individual pieces range in size from micro sculptures less than 2 inches to room-sized installations. She works in various media including concrete, led lights, paper, fabric, fiber, metal, wood, stone, glass, and repurposed and found objects. Often experiential and interactive, tactile and touchable, some of her pieces capture light, texture, and color while others address more controversial social issues, global crises, and the fate of humans and animals as they navigate a changing world.
The National Buffalo Museum will be open from 10am to 5pm Friday through Sunday of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. I AM BISON will be on view from November 27, 2020 to September 11, 2021.