Patricia Wallace uses her work to blur the line between fine art photographer, historian, and digital collage artist. One of Wallace's main areas of concentration is taking vintage photographs and bringing them into a modern context in amazingly subtle ways. Wallace does not introduce drastic changes such as new colors, or superimpose her own hand. Instead the images draw power from differences in scale, repetition, and focus. Crucial details from postcards or photographs are blown up, as in one series of men kissing women on the cheek Different staged, romantic scenes are collected in one frame to tell a new story. A newspaper photograph of wartime damage is repeated several times across a composition, abruptly juxtaposed with a contemporary portrait.
Wallace's original photography captures a whole different world. These images are a glimpse at the most vibrant corners of Tahiti. The sea at sunrise, traditional dancers, and rolling fields of crops are all depicted in full color and wonderfully in-depth texture.
Wallace was born in Britain and lived all over the world before settling in her current home of Tahiti. She has had several solo exhibitions in Papeete, Tahiti.