I have known artist Patricia “Pato” Iglesias and followed her work for over a decade, and have come to view spending time with her as something of a master class in beauty. She greets her guests with tea and sweets served on patterned china. Her spaces are layered with furniture and objects she has collected over the years that trace the path from her upbringing in Buenos Aires, to Savannah, where she attended school, to Brooklyn, where she has lived for over two decades. Each piece is placed with a nonchalance that keeps the vibe relaxed and inviting, and her warmth and genuine enthusiasm encourage long, laid-back visits.
Pato has applied her finely-honed aesthetic sense to successful careers in fashion, textile design, and makeup, but her fine art career is the most powerful expression of her talents and the one for which she is best known.
I recently spent a lovely Saturday at Pato’s Williamsburg studio, where we spoke about topics light (her sister, Jimena, and nephew, Filippo's, recent visit from Mexico) and darker (the current political climate and its potential apocalyptic ramifications). The latter is the subject of her latest painting and ceramic series, Pinturas del Fin del Mundo. Here she shares a bit about her studio, routine, and inspiration.