Throughout Tricia’s five pieces, she explores antonymous ideas of failure, strength, vulnerability, and weakness. In our conversation together, she explained that with just pouring the mud, it can crack and is very brittle. But when you compact the same dirt, it becomes very strong and dense. She collects the dirt from her hometown of San Joaquin Valley and uses the dirt from her grandfather’s ranch, her parent’s backyard, and the Smith Mountain Cemetery. She has been working with dirt for three years and with metal for six years. Surprisingly, she has a dirt brick with 14k gold inside. She says that the gold and brass represents the people that were buried.
All of Tricia’s pieces had little surprises in them that I found immensely fascinating. The hidden gold, the shapes, and the molds– all of these had contributed to her overall insightful vision for these pieces. Combining a sort of yin and yang feel to her countering feelings of her exhibit, it was intriguing to combine the ideas of weakness and strength together. I really enjoyed Tricia’s art pieces. She’s also a really great person to talk to!