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Patricia Mckenna

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I work as a community artist in schools and communities in Swansea.

I am also a percussionist, having taken a community music diploma and performed with various Latin/Afro Latin fusion bands in London. I am currently involved as a soloist with ‘Shiko Drummers’ in Swansea & in setting up a community arts group: ‘Taran’.

Artist's Statement
Extensive work with refugees from Central America has led to extended trips to Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala and Cuba to do solidarity work & soak up the arts. Central America inspired my interest in making murals, flags & banners and led to my ongoing involvement in carnivals.

Particularly interested in portraiture and healing, I am slowly incorporating printing techniques into my practice, working on studies of local characters and researching a project on curative plants.