Patricia Figueroa Fine Arts
Climate change is no longer some far-off problem; it is happening here, it is happening now.President Barack Obama. GLACIER Conference, Anchorage, AK, 2015.
Providence has experienced many changes in its history, from the time Roger Williams settled in its land in 1636 to becoming one of the leaders of the Industrial Revolution in the United States. Its decline during the Great Depression, progression and rise as a notorious bastion of organized crime, and ultimate rebirth as a hidden jewel of art-fueled urban renaissance tells us that change is, indeed, the only constant.
But change manifests itself in many ways. The economy may build and destroy cities, shift communities, morph the urban space and its suburban tentacles, blur the lines between the habitable and uninhabitable, yet it cannot ultimately control nature. We have the power to control our backyards, city gardens, even crops, but we can’t stop the waters from rising. Climate change is now disrupting our ecosystems and our landscape bears witness. The Ocean State may one day be swallowed into the Atlantic. “Providence tropical” offers a mirage of that transition. Is it fantasy? We will soon find out.
Press and Publications
Video and Sound
El buzo [The Diver]. Based on a photograph by Marc Henauer with his permission. CD cover for the album “The Man Without a Hat” by Sergi Boal. Caran d’Ache black color pencil on watercolor paper, Photoshop text, 2014.
ReSeeding the City: Ethnobotany in the Urban
Rhode Island State House, Lower Level Gallery. Opening reception October 26, 2019 5:30 – 8pm
The exhibition will be launched by a one-day public forum of the same name to be held on Saturday, October 26 at Brown University, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm. The forum venue is the Agora of Stephen Robert ’62 Hall, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University, 280 Brook Street, Providence.
Article in the Providence Journal: A strange place for modern art: The R.I. State House basement.
Podcast about “Reseeding the City” by James Baumgartner on The Public’s Radio.
We want people to be able to come into the people’s house and see something that reflects the experience of a lot of creative people, most of whom are living in an urban setting and thinking of what we do or don’t do to our environment.Judith Tolnick Champa, curator of “Reseeding the city”.
LatinXpression: The Absorbing Nature of Line
Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University, 111 Thayer Street, Providence, RI. February 4 – April 26, 2019.
LatinXpression features nine Latinx artists who live and work in Rhode Island, Los Angeles, and New York. The drawn or painted line, whose nature is as absorbing for the artist-maker as for the viewer, articulates both abstract and representational subject matter. It resonates with natural history, visual-culture traditions, hip hop culture, and idiosyncratic personal memory.
Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University, 111 Thayer Street, Providence, RI. Opening reception Friday, September 7, 3-5 pm, 2018.
The juried art exhibit “The Americas”, invited visual artists from Brown and the larger Rhode Island community to submit pieces in photography, painting, and other mixed media that represented ideas about, experiences of, and cultural expressions from North and South America.
Reforma contra el monolito del crimen legalizado. Caran d’Ache black color pencil on watercolor paper, 2013.
Real Colegio Complutense (RCC). Harvard University. 26 Trowbridge Street, Cambridge, MA. April 28-May 25, 2011.
A juried exhibition featuring Spain and depicting its people, culture, history, landscape and architecture. Organized by the Real Colegio Complutense with support from the Spanish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (Spain) and in collaboration with the Arts First festival at Harvard University
El entierro de la sardina [The Burial of the Sardine]. Oil, china marker, graphite and colored pencil on Masonite board, 2011.
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