Pat Hedger initially studied at Hornsey Art College, followed by a BEd honours degree at Middlesex University, specialising in Art and Design and Art Therapy. She has postgraduate awards from Goldsmiths (London University), Birmingham University and an MA in Fine Art from the Cass (London Metropolitan University.) She has taught Art and Design & Technology in London secondary schools, where she also became a Head of Year, before working as a Specialist Teacher (Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties) in Inner London primary schools. She is now a full-time artist.
Although she has been involved in printmaking and three-dimensional work in the past, Pat recommenced painting in the late 1990s, focusing on coastal rock and stone as a metaphor for weathering, aging and, ultimately, decay - including that seen in taffoni, the saltwater and wind eroded stone. This sense of melancholy in nature has since been a major feature of her work.
During her time on the MA course at the Cass, Pat researched and produced her dissertation on the ways in which mortality and melancholy have been depicted and expressed throughout the ages and by different cultures. This led to a fascination with vanitas painting and the Dutch 'Golden Age' - which featured the birth of Capitalism (as well as the first economic crash), the prominence of women artists of the period, and the Northern Renaissance love of flower painting. As artists of the period 'stole' depictions of flowers from one another and painted flowers in arrangements that would never be seen together at the same time of year, Pat took a similar path, recomposing elements of 17th and 18th century paintings, but with the addition of modern objects which are sometimes quite humorous and sometimes hidden. During this period she also explored natural objects and made a number of studies, often using monochrome.
After a period of illness, which affected her physically, Pat's recovery was marked by a period of flower painting, some of which was more abstract in nature, but all of which exemplified her allegiance to crafts(wo)manship. She lives in NW London next to the Heath, with her partner and fellow artist/musician, and continues to paint on a daily basis. She is currently researching for a PhD, further developing her work in relation to collecting and it's significance in the past and present.
Information regarding her research, and current work, will be available in the 'Archive' section of the site, which is in development at present..