Abstract figurative forms, an interest in the distribution of mass in space and a concern for conveying human emotion are the hallmarks of Patricia Lawrence’s artistic practice. Working in the lost wax casting technique, Patricia creates reductive, modernist influenced sculptures that capture states of repose and muse on human relationships. Sand piece moulding is a second technique used by Patricia with interlocking moulds made from a sand-based mixture to produce a bronze impression with a fine texture. During 1990, Patricia spent three months at the Artists’ Collective Workshop at Nacka in Stockholm, Sweden. It was during this period that her work was influenced by the Bulgarian sculptor Stoyan Valev, as she worked on classical abstract compositions based on the torso and head.
Patricia Lawrence was born in 1930 and graduated from Adelaide University with a Science Degree, majoring in Math and Physics. It was not until 1983 that she took up an interest in sculpture, attending classes at the Art Institute, New Brunswick, and the Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, USA. Upon her return to Australia, Patricia completed two years’ study at the Tom Bass School, Sydney. After a period of working with Kim Mahood and working independently, she travelled to New York and studied at the Sculpture Center Studios in Manhattan. Here, she undertook classes in stone carving, portrait and figure studies, and drawing for sculpture. Several institutions, including the University of New South Wales and the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children in Sydney have commissioned Patricia to make unique works.