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PATRICIA ORPILLA: Rise, 2022, Monotype collagraph, woodcut, and watercolor on paper

PATRICIA ORPILLA: Spider Web at Night (detail), 2022, Woodcut on paper; Limited edition of 2., 28 x 11 inches

PATRICIA ORPILLA: this was never through, 2021, Linocut on handwoven cotton;, 25 x 30 inches

PATRICIA ORPILLA: Floating Transit, 2023, Collagraph on paper and monotype, on paper, Unique Print (1/1), 22 x 30 inches

PATRICIA ORPILLA: State Changes, 2022, Collagraph and screen print on paper, Unique Print (1/1), 23 x 26 inches

PATRICIA ORPILLA: Drift, 2022, Collagraph and woodcut on paper, Unique Print (1/1)., 23.25 x 28.5 inches





PATRICIA ORPILLA: Spinning Wheels, 2022, Dye on silk organza, 112 x 96 x 36 inches


Patricia Orpilla uses an interdisciplinary process to create paintings, prints, and textiles. Her recent work is interested in the relationship of text to textiles. Her prints use indexical relationships between woven texture and bit mapping to draw relationships between systems that are materially or metaphorically interdependent. She is interested in the potential of material metaphors to engage questions around authorship, industry, and ideology. She references various archives for fingerprints of these narratives -- weaving patterns, religious texts, or ethnographer’s notes become her source material. She received her MFA from Yale School of Art in painting and printmaking. She has been an artist resident at the Museum of Arts and Design and a fellow at the Beinecke Library where she researched ephemera such as maps and religious texts around 19th-century U.S.-Philippines relations. She has recently shown her work at Jeffrey Deitch, Kiosk Gallery, Front/Space, Beggar's Table, Vulpes Bastille, and H&R Block Artspace. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.


VISITOR CENTER proudly announces Provenance, an exhibition opening April 15, 2023, that will feature works by Sophia De Jesus-Sabella, Soull Ogun, Patricia Orpilla, Sagarika Sundaram, and Mia Wright-Ross. Provenance will present contemporary artists who engage craft materials and traditions to consider intertwining notions of materiality, lineage, and identity.


The ownership history of an art object, or provenance, is often recorded by cultural institutions in an effort to qualify an object’s authenticity or value. This practice frequently treats an object as its own entity from its completion to the present, separate from its creator, as it travels between places and amongst collectors. Recontextualizing the idea of provenance, this exhibition will encourage a broader application that centers and celebrates the layered histories and influences inherent to an object by re-engaging the agency of both the artist and the viewer.

The contemporary artists represented employ traditions, materials, and techniques associated with craft. This commonality is not coincidental, as craft media – including the weaving, metalsmithing, felting, and leather artisanship on view – are intrinsically rich with memory.

To observe any artwork is to activate it with one’s own interpretation; with craft media, the artwork is distinctly loaded with tactile connotations, historical applications, generational techniques, and material associations. Provenance thus presents works that are bolstered by their pasts, the identities of their creators, and the associations unearthed in the viewer.

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