Patti Sanford Roberts is an American fine art photographer who divides her time between the islands of Manhattan and Martha’s Vineyard. She has been creating photographs for years, and her work is appreciated by clients in both the U.S. and Europe. She completed the One-Year-Certificate program at the International Center for Photography (ICP) in New York, where she began her “Soundings from the Homefront” series.
Patti’s work is largely informed by her traditional New England Catholic upbringing where she was the eldest of seven children and learned from a young age about “domestic duty.” Themes of childhood, marriage, and aging – their expectations, and their unraveling – figure both strongly and secretly in her photographs, through layers of meaning.
From edgy self-portraits to dark still-life images of family heirlooms, Patti highlights the off-beat, quirky aspects of otherwise mundane daily rituals of domestic life and the presumptive duty of the housewife. Her photographs are at once celebration and critique, a sideways glance at traditional roles.
Luminous natural light and the changing seascape are also passions of the artist and she is lucky to have both on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Patti’s work here captures the fickle moods of the sun, wind, and tides and she is ever grateful for their gifts.
Patti’s photographic response to the current Covid-19 pandemic can be seen in her recent work, Quarantine and Cherry Blossom Storm. These photographs are personal, visceral reactions reflecting the upheaval caused by solitary struggles and loss of control in our personal worlds.
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS INCLUDE:
2019 "The Underground Almanac", Group Exhibition International Center of Photography, NY
2016 “Spectrum of Summer”, Solo Exhibition Decoration Day, NY
2016 “Intoxicated by Color”, Group Exhibition MIST Gallery, NY
2010 “Unseen Larchmont”, Group Exhibition Palmer Art Gallery, NY
RECOGNITION AND AWARDS
2017 First Place Photography, All-Island Art Show Martha’s Vineyard, MA 2016 Featured Artist, Annual Larchmont Arts Festival Larchmont, NY
2015 First Place Photography, All-Island Art Show Martha’s Vineyard, MA
Merit Award Photography, All-Island Art Show Martha’s Vineyard, MA