Pat Berrett Artist Statement and Biography

     Although we rarely think of it as such, skin is an organ, the body’s largest organ. Weighing about 11 pounds, an adult’s skin has a surface area of between 2 and 2.5 square yards.

     Throughout history human skin has been a canvas for artists. The history of tattoos includes marking slaves and outcasts, punishment, a rite of passage into adulthood or special societies, and in our modern society decoration.

     In this series of images  I have focused on the female back, a canvas shape that lends it self to many different configurations. Each of the tattoos in this project has special meaning for the owner.

     Since I began the project in the late 1990’s I have photographed over 60 women and their tattoos.

     The variety of sizes and themes in the images inked into the skin reflect the diverse nature of the participants.

Date and Place of Birth: 1949, Loma Linda, CA

Education: BA Mass Communications

BA English, New Mexico State University 1974

MBA, University of New Mexico 1997

Solo Exhibitions:

2010: Tattooed Lady, 105 Art Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

2007: The Back Tat Project, Art is OK, Albuquerque, NM

2006:  Connections, Yale Art Center

1998: Magnifico Performs, East Gallery: Kimo Theatre, Albuquerque, NM

Group Exhibitions:

2010:  Diversity, Incognito Gallery, Rio Rancho, NM

2010:  Bed Two, Umbrella Arts, New York City New York

2010:  1X15, Matrix Fine Art, Albuquerque, NM

2009:  The Body Show, 105 Studios, Albuquerque, NM

2009:  New Mexico Photographers, Chroma Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

2008:  8X8X8, 105 Studios, Albuquerque, NM

2007:  Biennial Southwest, The Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM

2007;   ABQx4, Four Hills Country Club, Albuquerque, NM

2007:  1X20, Downtown Contemporary Art Center, Albuquerque, NM

2007:  New Mexico Pics II, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM

2006:  Contemporary Photo Arts Exhibition, DCAC, Albuquerque, NM

2005:  He, Downtown Contemporary Art Center Albuquerque, NM

2005:  Spiritual Oddesy, Elias Inez Gallery, Taos, NM

2003:  Art Market, 516 Magnifico Artspace, Albuquerque, NM

2001:  Spiritual Oddesy, South Broadway Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM

1996:  Traditions of Looking, Indian Arts Institute of America, Santa Fe, NM

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