In Search of the Lost Paradise
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2017 - 2021
Patrizia Ferreira received a bachelor degree in textile design from the Institute of Industrial Design in Montevideo, Uruguay and a Master of Science degree in textile design for prints from Philadelphia University (now Thomas Jefferson University). She is an artist and educator working in Raleigh, North Carolina
As an artist my main objective is to be a vehicle to develop awareness around certain topics. Very close to my heart are issues regarding the environment and my own personal immigrant story as a South American woman in the United States.
In its purest sense my work aims to transcend our earthly constraints and attain a new dimension. In this dimension I experience balance, harmony, extreme beauty, peace, eternity. My work is inspired by life and the idea that we are only a small part of a higher organism. I create art with this in mind. Nature is how I feel this higher being and, in my work, I am always striving to translate into images that which inspires me and connects me with this higher universe. While pursuing these higher values however there is a palpable struggle, a tension between different forces that coexist, and fight with each other.
Central to my work is the employment of the most paradoxical of all materials, Plastic. This choice isn’t casual, while it is one of the most successful of human inventions in the history of material science, its widespread use is one of the biggest contributors to the current state of our environment. Working with the plastic debris of our society, incorporating yarn, thread, fabric remnants, heirloom textiles, and found waste, I get to reconcile, to stitch, to patch, to mend the world around me. The tactile quality of fibers, its unique versatility allowing even untraditional materials to be turned into a textile, so long as they can be sewn or turned into fiber, provides me with an ideal medium to recreate nature. Stitching the materials that were made by the robot, a product of today’s consumerist society, and replacing it with the human hand, our most ancestral tool, is an invitation to give life to that which causes us death.
As an immigrant woman in the United States, I am in constant search for my “home”. I feel the need to dig into my past, to reinvent my homeland. This effort transports me to a land of legends, allegories, full of nostalgia and longing. The stories of women in my family who like me left their homelands in search of sunnier lands in the South of South America doing the opposite trip, them to the South, me to the North, are stitched into my work. Using embroidery, and stitching, the same techniques they might have used in their households, I get to carry their voices into the future. These techniques provide me with a more intimate, quintessentially female language to express myself as I pursue to raise these materials and techniques to a wider sphere of discussion and awareness.