Patricia E. Rangel


I am interested in stages within agricultural practices, for example 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.


Metal and dirt are resistant materials, both are forgiving to work with.  The labor of repetition is

important to my practice as it relates to the arduous acts of working the fields.  My process involves

extracting, building, fabricating, 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 personal significance - orchards, roadsides, my grandfather's

ranch, my parent's backyard, and Smith Mountain Cemetery in the San Joaquin Valley.  I am working

the dirt by mixing, using, reusing, and re-contextualizing it.


I respond to dirt as a material that can present vulnerability, failure, strength, potential, promote

growth and change.  The aesthetics of the land, the implied boundaries in the land and the process

of laboring over crops inform my perceptual awareness.

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