Born in the USA but has lived and worked in Germany since 1981. Her practice encompasses film, video and photography. She has participated in international group exhibitions within Europe and has had solo exhibitions in Poland, Germany and Turkey. She has been artist in residence in various locations, including, in 2001/02 a studio fellowship in London through the Hessian Cultural Foundation. She is currently a lecturer in Art Theory and Photography at the Hochschule für Gestaltung, Offenbach am Main. Padgett's photographic work is about her relationship to the world.