Patrick Harkin utilizes installation, video, sound, and photography in his artistic practice. His theatrically staged work investigates themes of commodity criticism and concepts of ideology under contemporary image mediated culture. Cycles of building, destruction, and rebuilding related to the natural elements, especially water and wind, are spotlighted in his work, which stems from his upbringing within coastal flood zones and a close relationship to rising sea levels.
He received his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2017 and his BFA from the University of Florida in 2015. Recent exhibitions of his work have taken place at Hamiltonian Gallery (D.C.), Virginia MoCA (Virginia Beach), VALET (Richmond), and Gallery Protocol (Gainesville). Patrick was awarded a 2017-2019 Hamiltonian Fellowship and a 2019-2020 Professional Artist Fellowship from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.