After first having visited Christopher Varrek’s busy exhibit, which was full of old technological pieces and dark lighting, Rangel’s exhibit seemed initially very simple and light in contrast. In speaking with Rangel, we learned that she made her work by displacing dirt; taking it from different sources including Central Valley and her hometown, and then sifting it and tracing it to create new material. I was curious about one of her smaller pieces which appeared to be a single block of material perched on a thin long shelf illuminated by light. Rangel explained that it was made with dirt from her sister’s grave site, which she had sifted with gold in it. I was amazed by the personal connection that the piece of art held and how although one of the smaller pieces in her exhibit it still held an immense amount of strength.
Week 3- Artist Interview – Patricia E. Rangel