Patricia E. Rangel, our featured artist today, is a sculptor and installation artist who works with heavy materials such as dirt, wood and metal. Patricia is interested in the industry of agriculture and the materials and processes used therein.
Patricia’s striking, monolithic sculptures have an undeniable presence about them. Despite being for the most part abstract, they seem in a way monumental, particularly when placed in a gallery space – quite removed from the normal existence of dirt, wood trellises and metal pieces. Patricia frequently uses hard lines and straight, angular shapes. Sometimes in multiples and sometimes standing on their own. In her series Extracting and Layering, she combines concrete, plexiglass, graphite, brass and other materials to create structures that are both reminiscent of aerial maps and circuit boards. Susceptible to decay in their own way, Patricia’s sculptures serve as an ongoing exploration of growth, change and loss.