Pat Douthwaite: The Outsider
The work of Pat Douthwaite is not easily defined, at once naive and intellectually loaded, personal but resonating with cultural references. It was not made for others but came from that deep-seated need of the creative to make, to express. This said she was not uninterested in what people thought often drawing an audience into a dangerous dialogue; she was impossible to please and made enemies of her supporters with an apparent impunity that was at once vicious and pathetic. Now she has gone and we no longer have Douthwaite to mediate or twist our experience of the work we can perhaps begin a more serious appraisal. But in front of her best work the artist seems still palpably present because she is the real subject of everything she made, in pain, anger or ecstasy.