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 Patricia Maureen Johanson  (1940 - )

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: landscape-environmental installation, miniatures

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Installation artist Patricia Johanson is one of the female artists who came on the scene in the 1970s of Earthworks sculptors.  At that time, it was a pursuit dominated by males.  Her specialty became 'healing' the landscape with art by constructing gardens, sculptural paths, and walkways that move around in the landscape.  Johanson said of her motives that "artists who want to make a difference should keep their goals high and their personal needs at a minimum." (Boettger)

On a grant from the Guggenheim Foundation in 1970, she built a mile and a half of Cyrus Field, a continuous line of marble, redwood, and cement block curves and weaves in an interplay with a woodland setting.  Her sculptures also function as parks, gardens and staircases.  In 1978, she worked in Dallas, transforming 'the biologically dead Fair Park Lagoon into a sculptural recraton area." (Boettger)  She worked with marine biologists to restore a slimy pond, using twisitng shapes of newly planted vegetation, bridges and places to perch close to the water.  This project became a demonstration of her skills, and commissions followed in Brazil, Keny, South Korea and the United States.

A Bennington-trained artist, she is also known for her miniatures and for designing bridges.  Johanson studied civil engineering at City College School of Architecture in New York.

Sources:
Charlotte Streifer Rubinstein, American Women Artists
Suzaan Boettger, Review of Books, Art in America, June/July 2007


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