Guest Artist Patricia Rangel
December 1 – December 24, 2022
Gallery open Saturdays-Sundays, 12-4 PM
Opening ArtHop Reception:
Thursday, December 1st
5 – 8 PM
I am interested in stages within agricultural practices. How crops are planted, watered, picked, burned and replanted throughout the seasons. I am curious about how these processes relate to growth through means of land use, labor, and loss. Dirt and metal are resistant materials, both are forgiving to work with.
My process involves extracting, building, compacting, and repetition. I create structures by compacting earth. They are always changing and rebuilt in a new form, composed of dirt I reuse. I collect materials from places that hold significance. The found objects for this body of work were collected from Justino and Kathy Topete’s grape vineyard in Reedley California. Justino and Kathy Topete were active in the Farm Workers Movement, led by Cesar Chavez.
I respond to dirt as a material that can present vulnerability, failure, strength, potential, and promote growth and change. To support growth, trellises are used for grapevines to grow on, fabric is draped over plants for protection from hail, rain, frost, and sunburn. The aesthetics in the land, the implied boundaries in the land and the process of laboring over crops inform my perceptual awareness.
Patricia Rangel was born in Visalia, California and received her MFA in Studio Art from California State University, Long Beach in 2015. She lives in Dinuba, California and teaches Sculpture at California State University, Fresno.
In the summer of 2023, the artist is looking forward to being a part of a group show titled "Hearing the Call" at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in Colorado. She has participated in group shows including Surviving or
Thriving: 2020 in Review and a solo show in 2016 titled, Conectado A Tierra, Grounded, at Arts Visalia, Visual Arts Center.
The artist creates abstracted landscapes by extracting and compacting earth. She responds to dirt as a
material that can present vulnerability, failure, strength, potential, and promote growth and change.
Instagram handle: @triciaerangel