What interests Fernandez most about the Watts Towers is the magical quality of the organic, sculptural walls that surround the historic landmark. Much like Simon Rodia, creator of Watts Towers, Fernandez used found pieces of material to design her collage.
“Illustrating my experience of the Watts Towers, I have mixed collage elements into the painting, much like Simon Rodia did, in his construction of the towers. Where he found ceramic fragments and small figurines given to him by the neighborhood folk, I used found fabrics and other paper pieces to create an image of celebration, color, and community life.”
About the Artist
PATRICIA FERNANDEZ studied at Saint Martins School of Art and Design, London Institute; received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles and a masters from Pacific Oak College in Pasadena.