Patricia Townsend is an artist working with video, photography and installation. She is also a writer on psychoanalysis and the artist’s creative process. Her book Creative States of Mind: Psychoanalysis and the Artist’s Process will be published by Routledge in March 2019. It can be pre-ordered here.

As an artist, she is interested in the interface between landscape or natural phenomena and the internal world of the imagination. She has recently received an Arts Council award to exhibit her latest work Black Sun, Blue Light at Brantwood, Ruskin’s former home on Lake Coniston (Nov 2018 to Feb 2019). Describing the exhibition, she writes ‘A starlike object moves in the dark space of the Blue Gallery whilst, in the Annexe, the sky has shattered into a cairn of shards’.

The British Academy has recently acquired Patricia’s video work ‘On the Shores’ to join its extensive art collection. It is the first video artwork to be shown at the Academy. Patricia’s blog about the work can be seen at

Patricia has recently completed a PhD at the Slade School of Fine Art where she researched the artist’s creative process from a psychoanalytic viewpoint.