"Winter's Gold" by Angelica Raquel
artist: ANGELICA RAQUEL
17" x 13" Mixed Fibers on Monks Cloth
Part of the online exhibition, "April Dressed in All Its Trim" with guest curator, Paula Owen
For this piece Winter’s Gold I really meditated on my interpretation of April Dressed in All Its Trim, for me I felt the shedding of old to begin anew. It reminded me of lyrics to a song I love that share a similar interpretation, the lyrics say “With Winter Comes Spring” and I read it as “with death comes life.” Winter is notorious for bringing bouts of depression, anxiety, and in the natural world hunger and fighting to survive the elements. As someone who loves animals and documentaries, there is always a scene of winter’s harsh grip on the land and the animals who succumb to it, and as winter’s grip eventually thaws you can see the remains of animals who are now nourishing the land. Winter’s Gold.
Born and raised in the border city of Laredo Texas, Angelica draws much of her inspiration from her upbringing and the unique culture she grew up in. Using narratives rooted in folklore, familial storytelling, and her personal experiences, her work acts as a conduit for her investigations into ideas of morality and the spiritual while often putting emphasis on relationships and their continued importance after death. Her use of animal imagery has a dual purpose of representing the animal itself and those she loves.
Angelica’s multidisciplinary studio practice utilizes mediums like watercolor, graphite, felting,
and rug hooking which give an inherent softness to what are sometimes harsh and visceral
subjects. The importance of this juxtaposition between the tender and the violent further
underscores the relationship humanity has with storytelling. Relying on knowledge of the past
while reinventing folklore to reflect on culture, societal, and human/animal relationships.
Currently Angelica is pursuing a terminal degree as an MFA candidate at The University of
Texas at San Antonio in Fine Arts.
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