Contact at patriciaorpillam@gmail.com

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Artist's Statement

Using an interdisciplinary process, I create spatial and bodily poetry to engage my interests in image and text related to record-keeping or "the life of objects". Referencing architectural phenomena, historical narratives, and semiotics, I create textiles, objects, paintings, and prints. I reflect on authorship and survival related to different institutions of power. I believe old, defunct, or obsolete technologies can illuminate our present social conditions. I question speed as a material related to the human condition -- for instance, I'm interested in the field of sociology emerging in response to the Industrial Revolution. I reference various archives of invention and search for fingerprints of memories -- a spider's web or a pre-industrial spinning wheel become my source material. I look for the psychological and material impact related to themes around movement, migration, circulation, expansion, mechanization, and colonization. I view language and religion as a few records of these various phenomena.