Angelica Raquel Spirit Epoch

February 12, 2022 – April 30, 2022 Cecily E. Horton Gallery

About the Exhibition

Artist Statement by Angelica Raquel:

Spirit Epoch is a culmination of the rediscovery and exploration of my love of folklore while growing up in Laredo, Texas, a city steeped in Mexican and American cultures. When I was young and surrounded by family, our favorite ritual was storytelling. We gathered around a fire, or sometimes just sat outside in the dark, and took turns telling local lores, myths, and legends. My late Grandfather, a man utterly connected to earth, nature, and Spirit, usually took the lead. His stories held me in suspense, as a child and adult. His gruff voice and gentle seriousness drove home the nuanced themes of every tale. Since his passing, I’ve returned to these magical memories, and have taken up the lead as storyteller in my own right. Using these very special moments in my life, my own epochs, I’m reinterpreting my experiences to reflect on my own thoughts about the clashing of culture, society, and the relationship between humans and animals.

“The work I’ve created for Spirit Epoch is a conduit for me to investigate tales of morality and the soul. Each story navigates its own path to realizing the importance of relationships and their continued hold, even after death. My multidisciplinary studio practice consisting of watercolor,
needle felting, and textiles, offers an inherent softness to what are sometimes visceral and violent subjects. This dichotomy mirrors how I feel about these stories; alluring, but leveled by their own uneasiness, anxiety, and awe.”

Featured image: Angelica Raquel, Los Tesoros De Mi Abuelito (2020). Needle felted wool, glass, sculpey clay, metal, rug hooked patches, and textiles. 7 x 4 x 3’.

About the Artist

Born and raised in the border city of Laredo, TX, Angelica Raquel draws much of her inspiration from her upbringing and the culture she grew up in. Using narratives rooted in folklore, familial storytelling, and her personal experiences, Angelica investigates ideas of morality and the soul. Her use of animal imagery has a dual purpose of representing a personal loved one, herself, and the animal.

Based in San Antonio TX, Angelica works as an Educator and Artist. Her love of nature and animals constantly influences her multidisciplinary studio practice, which consists of fibers, sculpture, painting, and drawing. She earned a Masters in Fine Arts from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2020 and a Bachelors in Fine Arts from Texas State University in 2016.