Patrícia Domingues was born in 1986 in Lisbon, Portugal. At the age of 15 she started her studies in the jewelry field and during her training as a goldsmith, Patricia slowly realized the contrast between the heritage of the old craft and the new materials, or the combination of contemporary techniques and ancient materials creates a tension in the work and leads her to find different images and new meanings.
In 2007 she travelled to Spain to study Artistic Jewelry at the Massana School in Barcelona. There she spent two years studying and a further one year as an exchange student at the Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn. In 2010 Patricia moved to a small village in Germany to attend a Master of Arts at the Gemstone and Jewellery Design Department of the University of Trier in Idar-Oberstein. There, she got in contact for the first time with the stonecutting craftsmanship and, simultaneously, started investigating two different classes of materials: natural stone and all kinds of artificial material. The differences in origin and material qualities between the two have been since then, an inspiration. Patricia has been interested in the idea of recreating an image of a landscape through processes of fragmentation. She thinks of her pieces as accumulations of a changing image that captures the rhythms and patterns of the deconstructed and reconstructed nature.
Since 2009 she has participated in collective and solo exhibitions throughout Europe and abroad. Her work has been recognized by internationally jewelry awards: New Traditional Jewellery in Amsterdam (2012), Talente Award in Munich (2014), Mari Funaki Award for emerging artist in Australia (2014) and the Young Talent Prize of the European World Crafts Council in Belgium (2015).
Currently Patricia is a PhD student in Arts at the University of Hasselt & PXL – MAD in Belgium.
Her research takes landscape as strong spatial connection with man and the vivid perception of it and its representations is always a self-reconstructed image and a vehicle to translate different perceptions of immensity. In this way, the panoramic picture of the landscape, can by contrast reveal the inside of the mountain, and a single fragment of it can also represent the whole. Within this context one of the main research problems arise and deal with scale and size. They look at the different dimensions between the mountain and the stone we can hold in our hand, between the immense and the detail.