Patrick Stromme (1989) received is BFA from The University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, and his MFA from The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He specializes in drawing and painting. Elements of traditional figuration are coupled with abstraction and paint materiality. Stromme explores themes of afterlife, ghosts, surface, and time. He has also taken an interest in social consumption and materialism. Stromme’s work proposes us to step out of our historical moment of fact, technology, and cell phones, and instead reminds us that haunted houses do exist and ghosts can reach out through space and touch us. When Patrick was young, the Stromme family took residence in a home that originally served as a doctor's post when it was built in 1908. Growing up, he found medical kits, journals, and otherworldly reminders of the home's past life.