Hello. I am Patricia Kambitsch. I paint and draw and write in Toronto.
I blog at Adventures in Slow Learning.
I draw for meetings and group facilitation as Playthink.
Adventures of Warrior Woman: Too Much Passion. Graphic novel chronicling the last remaining human being’s passionate journey in a world peopled by hyper-rational robots. (2015)
Looks Like Howard, memoir. Kambitsch’s humorous memoir featuring death, childhood, and the power of storytelling in the grieving process. (2008)
Strategic Articulation of Actions to Cope with the Huge Challenges or Our World: A Platform for Reflection. by Reynaldo Trevino Cisneros, Kenneth C Bausch, Alexander N Christakis and Patricia Kambitsch (Apr 11, 2013)
Current Community Projects
Founder of Visual Thinkers Toronto, a cross disciplinary community of practice that expands capacity in visual communication.
Steward of Design with Dialogue , a Toronto-based community of practice that develops leadership and facility in co-creating positive social and organizational change.
Strongly Sustainable Business Model Group, a research group at OCADU and Flourishing Businesses. whose purpose is to develop a toolkit for sustainable business. Kambitsch serves as storytelling consultant.
Adventures in Slow Learning Kambitsch’s blog since 2007, promoting lifelong, community based learning.
DJ and facilitator for Ecstatic Dance Toronto, a regular free form dance event in Toronto.
Trade School Toronto, volunteer organizer in Toronto’s barter-for-knowledge community.
Highlights of Exhibitions, Installations, and Performances
August 13, 14, 15, 2015. Theatrical production of Warrior Woman and the Planet of Robots. Wrote, directed, produced immersive participatory theatre event. Majlis Theatre. Toronto.
July 2015. Cardboard City. Build a city in a day. Recycle it the next. Co-organized immersive community arts event. Toronto.
October 2012. Embodied Dialogue: A Social Presencing Theatre Workshop. Workshop presenter. National Conference Dialogue and Deliberation. Seattle Washington.
November 11, 2011. 11 11 11 Butoh Dance Performance with Momobutoh Dance Company, (an evening with Jason Weebley, Neil Gaimon, Amanda Palmer.) Seattle Washington.
May 6, 2010 “Stories Your Hair Could Tell” mixed media works inspired by stories about the dramatic nature of hair. Dat Salon. Toronto.
November-December 2009 “Sanctuary” mixed media works inspired by dance as spiritual practice at Sacred Arts Holistic Center, Cleveland Ohio.
May 2009 “Yoga with Robots” Mixed media poems and collage at Practice Studio, Dayton, Ohio, with Ruckus Robotickus. Works inspired by aliens, robots, sea creatures, and the practice of yoga.
December 2008 “Process of Pure Pleasure” Mixed media works inspired by personal testimony of the experience of dance. Practice Studio, Dayton, Ohio.
August 2008, Playthink Studio, Dayton, Ohio. Curated Andy Warhol’s 80th Birthday Party, and a reimagined Silver Factory installation.
April 2008, “Hot Geek Love” Curated performance art event at Cannery Center of Art and Design, Dayton, Ohio. Readings, performances, musicians celebrating publication of Kambitsch’s memoir Looks Like Howard, Behler, 2008.
May, 2008, “Hot Geek Love” performance art and readings at Visible Voice, Cleveland, Ohio.
August, 2008, “Hot Geek Love” performance art and readings at Surly Girls, Columbus, Ohio.
November 2007, “Itty Bitty Shitty Art Show” Playthink Studio, Dayton Ohio. Curator and organizer for community participatory arts event.
September, 2007. Dayton Live Art Festival, Performance “Shaggy Hair.”
December, 2005. Mixed Media paintings. Rutledge Gallery, Dayton Ohio.
September, 2006. Dayton Live Art Festival. Performance “Mass Art Mass.”
September, 2006. Urban Nights Art Happening, Playthink Studio, Dayton Ohio
June, 2005. Circus Sideshow, Performance “Art Makeover” Dayton Ohio.
January, 2004. “Kambitsch Cubed” Winds Café, Yellow Springs Ohio.
December, 2003. Art Affaire at Ohio Barn, Enon Ohio.
April 2003. “You and Me” paintings, Zola, Dayton Ohio.
October, 2002. New paintings in mixed media. TuCo’s Gallery at Shadow box Theatre, Columbus, Ohio.
“Twisted Tales” 2002 Winds Cafe, Yellow Springs Ohio.
April, 2001. New paintings in mixed media. TuCo’s Gallery at Shadowbox Theatre. Columbus, Ohio.
January, 1999. Dayton Pledge of Resistance, Matter of the Heart, Dayton Ohio.
I paint personalized decks of cards. I also paint and draw live during events. Contact me for more information.
I paint because I was born the runt of a litter of martyrs and rebels.
because writing is confession, and painting is my penance.
I paint because wild cherry trees look like Aunt Barb’s bony fingers tugging rosary beads.
because the summer sun makes me homesick.
because the aliens on the cover of Astounding smile with such sweetness they give me nightmares.
because Grandma and Grandpa and the eternity of my beer and cabbage ancestry would never, every have time for such foolishness.
because my mother never could.
I paint because my pig-tailed sister, who is better at everything, told me that I was just a big fat copy cat.
because art is better than gym and because math sucks and because a good and loving God would never have created long division.
because God created tubes of color instead.
because Jesus and Mary and Joseph smile down upon me.
Besides, my guardian angel looked the other way and because the devil made me do it.
I paint because I feel, I want, and I remember too much for words and whining gets me nowhere.
I paint because as a child my sophisticated older sister, the other one who recited Poe, Patchen, and Plath took me to an art museum when I was too young to know any better.
because that same sister fell in love with Helmut at that same museum.
because Helmut was an art student.
I paint because the lips of forbidden men in True Romance are more succulent than Jello salad.
because there wasn’t any heroin available when I quit smoking pot.
because a career as a flamenco dancer would have been too short lived.
because I’m allowed to obsess on naked bodies if I call myself an artist.
because I’m looking deep into your eyes instead of hearing what it was you just asked.
because I’m deeply, madly in love with you and any more poetry would have embarrassed everyone involved.
I paint because it’s hard work and somebody’s got to fight the machine.
I paint out of defiance.
out of rage.
out of spite.
out of boredom.
out of hunger.
out of tenderness.
out of context.
I paint for food
I paint so that I might get laid.
I paint for salvation.
I paint so that I might swaddle all of life’s beauty and pain and sin and death and glory neatly within a frame.
I paint so that I can make you guess what I mean and if you’re right and I don’t like you I can say you were mistaken, you just don’t get it.
because a word is worth a million zillion pictures.
because paint is delicious and living and messy and human and naughty as a love letter.
because I want to tell you all I want is to be loved, but a brick is lodged in my throat.
I paint because I dream.
because I dreamed of brushes stuck in a pot of paint where my heart should be.
because I dreamed the devil was living in me and that I had grown dragon wings that beat against the roof of the attic when I tried to escape.
because I dreamed my mouth was sewn shut.
I paint because I woke up.
There is a full moon tonight and I’m running out of time.
I paint because I didn’t know what I felt or what I knew or who I was until I painted it.
I paint so that I might make it up as I go along.
I paint to create what I never intended.