THE HIDDEN ARTIST: Patricia Krebs
CONNECTION TO NOHO: Lived in NOHO and showed her work during monthly art walks at Lankershim and Magnolia
MEDIUMS: Mixed media and music
Originally from Buenos Aires, Patricia Krebs already knew at a young age that she was born to be an artist—although the general advice of her family and friends was for her to build a more traditional safety net and become an art teacher instead. And so she followed her heart—and still does. She's never pressured by current trends or intimidated by the superior egos that can often make up our contemporary art world. Mostly, this soft-spoken woman has learned to calm even her own voices of adversity to hear only one—that of a long ago college instructor's and a phrase made famous by a sneaker company to just "do it." And indeed she does.
Magical best describes her work, which, if it has to be labeled, falls somewhere in between narrative and illustration. But Patricia's roots began in the unexpected world of puppetry, a place she most likely was able to express herself, having been so intensely shy. So, after she was conventionally schooled in painting, Patricia set off to become a paid apprentice of sorts and worked for a puppeteer, mastering puppet construction, which later gave birth to the beautiful and expressive characters she now sculpts and paints.
The inspiration for her 2 and 3-D paper clay actors is a cross between the monsters of Muppet world and the creatures from the infamous Where The Wild Things Are children's book. Yet, she has unearthed her own branding of characters that possess carefully studied noses and unusually expressive eyes for being so long and narrow. But what really makes them come alive is Patricia's music.
Patricia concurrently studied guitar and singing lessons along side her painting back in Argentina and has recorded Spanish voiceovers here in the states for major movies such as Corpse Bride, Happy Feet I & II, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. What really blew me away though were the music videos she made of two songs (seen here) on her soon-to-be-released CD, Amuzikanto, that she wrote and produced herself. I sat mesmerized as I watched and listened to Color, a song about red/rojo that Patricia beautifully performed with her puppets and remained in awe of the story and texture of the more professionally animated Sueno Que Suenas Un Sueno. No words better describe these two musical endeavors or the rest of her album than her own: "This project is a musical whim of the little girl I still am, and it is also a celebration of all the musical influences that converge in me." A celebration indeed—of magic, color, sweetness, softness, and peacefulness—just like Patricia herself.