|"Options" by Pat Young, shared by permission of the artist|
I was fascinated by how these images were created. The overlaid imagery looked like some darkroom or chemical alchemy. But the alchemy is positional. Pat explained how she'd noticed that an older framed photograph she'd hung in her apartment was reflecting images of her other artworks on another wall as well as catching light through the blinds at the window. By moving herself and her camera around at different times of day, and playing with what was hung across the room, she could create/discover a series of compositions with variations on all these elements. In addition, she's included a water color impression of the impressions.
Each element has a metaphorical quality to me, especially as they are placed in relationship to each other, suggesting a narrative to be discovered. And each element has personal meaning to Pat, I learned: prior directions in her art that represent certain periods and themes, and also suggesting possible current "options" to pursue. I feel like she's created a menu of portals to enter. Maybe you could call it a time-machine-kaleidescope in reverse - taking all these pieces and fusing them, through the composition/creation process into a collection of views from the present into possible futures. This moment between past and future, poised on the verge of the next path, is a wonderful place to pause and ponder the views.