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Patricia Tineo


I am attracted to clay due to its sensitive yet solid nature when manipulated. Within my practice I use the methods of coiling and slab building to attain the forms. My Caribbean heritage influences the vivid colors I chose to use in my pieces. Referencing history, the simple human figures of the upper Paleolithic period guides my interest in the representation of self. The common theme in my work is aimed to personify simple human form whether through sgraffito technique or actual sculpture. An artist renowned for his use of conceptually I utilize aspects of human biology to point towards ideas I find relevant, for example figures without eyes or ears to signify the prevalent oppression of Dominican women. This notion of being blind and deaf inspires the inequality of gender roles and silences the voice of women which is reflected in my work. 

 

I'd like for people to understand the message and get an idea without having to read the label on the wall. I believe knowing the message of the piece from just looking at the work and wondering “what it could mean?” is more successful to me. I'd like the context of my work to revolve around problems that I am passionate about.
 

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