Patricia Orpilla: Pillars
A solo exhibition of sculptural paintings by Patricia Orpilla
September 20 - November 7, 2019
Kiosk Gallery, KCMO
Woven, Open Enough to take Nails (PDF)
Part one of an essay released at the exhibition about sewing terminology embedded in oral tradition and its link to feminine record in contemporary art.
Pillars is a recent body of work by Patricia that uses silk organza and wooden armatures to explore metaphorical depictions of time — the way a shadow might represent the past or “the long bag we drag behind us” as Robert Bly describes, or the imagistic lineage from investigations into the precision of time with sundials mapping positions of the sun in the sky. Her prior folded works have evolved into volumes of transparent layers, revealing the form of the support beneath. Her recent work is inspired by the long-distance relationship she holds with her mother and, currently, her partner while time consciously continues to flee from each of us and abscond. Support systems, pillars and the holes that compose the passage of time have influenced the language in Pillars.