Characters from Pat's Sketch Book
Studies and Sketches:
Whilst Pat Moody's cartoons are explicit, these studies and sketches are more veiled. Mainly more pictorial - although some retain a cartoon-like, linearity, unlike her cartoons, they invite our own interpretation of the subject. Pat's voice is absent, if not her eye and hand.
In these works, Pat's psychological insight and humanity are paramount This is not to ignore or diminish the conscious, artistic skills utilised; her knowledge and understanding of the body, her ability with graphite, charcoal or brush. It is to recognise that our path into the picture is via her intuitive, unconscious vision which in turn, unleashes our own imaginative powers, thus involving us in the work.
There is no defining caption. We have to make of the sketch, scene, or painting what we can.
What did Pat find in these subjects and what does she expect us to see? These are the questions to which we have to find our individual answers.