Artist's Statement

Using an interdisciplinary process, I create poetry through images and text to engage the concept of dissemination. Using different material methods related to the grid, such as bitmapping, weaving, and woodgrain, I create textiles, prints, and objects. I'm interested in materials, such as textiles, that record narratives not preserved through language. This interest brings up questions about authorship, industry, ideology, and preservation. I reference various archives and search for fingerprints of these narratives -- a war map, an ethnographer’s notes, a spider's web or a pre-industrial spinning wheel become my source material. I look for the psychological and material impact of migration, circulation, expansion, mechanization, and colonization. The idea of speed both related to these conditions and as a material in my practice calls to question the condition of the individual -- for instance, I'm interested in the field of sociology emerging in response to the Industrial Revolution. I believe both history and old, defunct, or obsolete technologies can illuminate our present social conditions. I view language and religion as a few records of these various phenomena.

 

Contact at patriciaorpillam@gmail.com

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