Pato Hebert (He/They/All) crafts a unique narrative through his multifaceted roles as an artist, teacher, and organizer. Their work illuminates the intersections between personal experiences, community dynamics, and the broader social and environmental landscapes. Through their art, teaching, and organizing, Hebert challenges us to reconsider our connections and inspires us to imagine and create new possibilities for collective wellness and interdependence.

Describing their work as “visceral conceptualism,” Hebert combines rigorous research and idea-driven practices with a deep sensitivity to the spirit and feel of his subjects. This approach reflects their curiosity and wide-ranging interests.

“Materials and themes can change from project to project, but I often work in lens-based images, text and sculpture,” says Hebert. “I also engage with installation and performance whenever I have the opportunity.”

Hebert is currently chairing the Department of Art & Public Policy at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and continues to inspire through teaching and artistic expression. Their solo exhibition, Lingering, debuted at Pitzer College in 2022. It poignantly captures the lingering effects of long COVID, a testament to their dedication to exploring collective wellness. “I have also been thinking about the migration of viruses — in part because I have been living with Long COVID since 2020 and also because this summer marks my 30th year of doing community organizing around HIV. How do we collectively respond when one of us becomes infected? How do we cultivate and sustain communities of care? How to dismantle ableism and stigma while transitioning to chronically sharing the body with a virus?” says Hebert. “The world is always changing, of course, but our current period feels particularly intense. I think this is when artists, organizers and healers must deepen our practices of engagement with others. Viruses and political storms leave us no choice.”

The residency’s theme and focus on transitions and migration resonates deeply with Hebert’s ongoing explorations of history, decolonialism, and the impacts of imperialism on people and places. Reflecting on his own family history, Hebert contemplates the pressures and conditions that shape migration and settlement, particularly in relationship to his parents. This personal lens extends to broader considerations of how to heal and hold the complex interconnections between land, love, racism, and migration. This residency is also a return for Hebert, who spent the second half of their childhood in Eugene. Hebert has long been captivated by the lava flows near Dee Wright Observatory and Highway 242. This connection to the place was further deepened by a 2019 residency at PLAYA, sparking a desire to seek out more opportunities in Oregon’s unique environment. The ranch’s proximity to these beloved landscapes offers Hebert a chance to engage deeply with the land, its forests, and its lava flows.

Hebert joins artists Gail Langellotto and Eliot Spaulding at a two-week residency from July 16 to July 31, immersing themselves in the enriching environment of the ranch in Oregon. Mark your calendar for his Open Studio event on July 25, from 4-6 p.m.,  where the cohort will share their work and insights, offering a glimpse into their creative processes.


Published On: June 26th, 2024 / Categories: Pine Meadow Ranch, Pine Meadow Ranch Programs /