Patricia tinajero


  • City, State: Knoxville, TN
  • Geographic Location: South America
  • Languages: Spanish and English

About me:

I am currently assistant professor of sculpture at the University of Tennessee. I was born next to an imaginary line, Equator, which gives my homeland its name: Parallel 0°0'0": Ecuador. This is my geography. I grew up ten miles south of the Equator, ever conscious of notions such as liminal space and the limit of a frontier between real and imaginary. After living in France for a year I moved to the Unite State, here I have struggled with issues of cultural identity and social practices. I am defining my cultural and social status as 'in-between' or a life at the threshold. The threshold is the place where I neither in nor out, yet I cannot trespass either way therefore the sense of belonging is lost. I have reconciled my rootless existence by taking on environmental and ecological issues that have global effects; I am a global citizen. My work raises questions about cultural identity and social practice.

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I am interested in objects as the product of “cultural metamorphosis” in their capacity to survive, and to continue to produce meaning. My work seeks to contrast cycles of production and consumption, use and abuse, destruction, and yet the possibility of regeneration. I use as many recycled materials as possible; I collect everyday materials such as plastic shopping bags, found strings and some more found and discarded materials to weave into sculptural forms. I extend their life as art objects au lieu of trash that congests landfills.

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Sprouting Water
Sprouting Water is a gravity water system designed to collect and purify rain water. It was exhibited as a fully functioning, interactive installation in 2008 at the Nurture Art Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. Gallery visitors could view the entire process as well as drink the water and eat the bean sprouts and wheat grass that grew from the drips of clean water.  

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Water Woes

Throughout history, women have played a central role as stewards of water. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), "Women are most often the collectors, users and managers of water in the household as well as farmers of crops. Women and children provide nearly all the water for the household in rural areas."

In urban areas, women are often in charge of accessing clean water and ensuring sanitation for their families. Women hold the knowledge around quality, location, reliability and storage of local water resources. So when water sources are contaminated or unavailable, women and children can be hit the hardest.


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