Paterson’s prints are multi-layered. This formation technique gives her prints a luxurious, almost tactile appearance, with highly textured surfaces. Images are created from cut-out stencils, juxtaposing both positive and negative shapes to create the structure.
This imagery is inspired by the forms and symbolism found in African artefacts. Paterson uses the silhouettes of these objects which makes the objects become ambiguous. She explores the power of symbolism and ambiguity and enjoys the fact that each viewer’s interpretation of the image differs. Paterson offers her images as powerful symbols that take on an almost religious intensity.
Contrasting colours allow objects to float within their backgrounds. Occasionally dots outline objects, creating a halo-effect, which emphasises the power and spiritual quality, setting it apart from the rest of the work.