PATTIE PORTER FIRESTONE is a sculptor working in metal, wood and stone. Using flat sheets of metal as her vocabulary, Firestone creates a language about energy, movement and rhythm for both indoor and outdoor sculpture.
She served as President of the Washington Sculptors Group, a nonprofit in Washington, DC, 2004-2009 and has experience in a cooperative gallery, directing a public interest law center, teaching art and art history to children and other community activities. In 1981-1993 Firestone co-founded the Westside Arts Center, a nonprofit arts organization of artists teaching children in Santa Monica, California. Thus, her organizational and communications skills are well hewed.
Her large solo show SEISMIC DREAM in 2011 at American University Museum in the Sylvia Berlin Katzen Sculpture Garden won critical acclaim. Working under time constraints and site-specific structures, Firestone transformed the “garden.” Firestone worked with a fabricator and the museum staff to temporarily alter the entire envelope of the large concrete space.
She won the 2006 GAIA PRIZE as a permanent installation in Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, Virginia. She worked with the Park staff and community in developing the design to fit their educational needs.
PRESENTLY, Firestone has work publicly on display in Portsmouth, VA, and Lorton, VA. Her most recent exhibition was in the lobby of 1111 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, DC exhibiting 18 pieces through Zenith Gallery, www.zenithgallery.com in Washington DC. Collections include collectors in CA, DC, MD, VA as well at in the states of Georgia, Colorado, Missouri, West Virginia, South Carolina and Maine. Amazon.com in Herndon, VA just purchased a Firestone sculpture for their collection.
EXHIBITIONS include works exhibited in Los Angeles, Aspen and Glenwood Springs, CO as well as solo and group shows in the Washington, DC region.
As PRESIDENT of the Washington Sculptors Group 2004-2009, now Treasurer and on the Board of Directors since 1996, Firestone has a strong sense of the importance of providing opportunities for the regional, diverse artistic community. She has skills in managing people, installing large outdoor work and organizing shows and events.
REFERENCES for the quality and reliability of Firestone and her work can be found by contacting American University Museum Director & Curator Jack Rasmussen, Martin Ogle, Founder, EntrepreneurialEarth.com and others upon request. Firestone apprenticed with Public Artist Judy Sutton Moore in 2010.
“While affixed solidly, the forms implied piercing and penetration, a movement in and out of their containment, suggesting waves and water……… Her dreamscape pulled the viewer into a shared experience of awareness – neither hopeful or threatening – that reflected the simple inevitability of our evolution.”
Rima Schulkind, Sculpture, June 2012
Using the simple vocabulary of metal lines in space, I create three-dimensional objects anchored in the earth yet breaking away from their gravitational limitations. Searching to comprehend nature’s invisible language, I use line, rhythm and movement to express energies connecting us with the earth.