Rigel works to strengthen Pittsburgh’s creative infrastructure: by making spaces, starting discussions, creating opportunities, re-channeling resources to those who can best utilize them, and by building resilient communities. About The Art Interested in provoking and enabling conversations, and playing with non-art systems in an art context, Rigel’s projects fall into the realm of Social or Contextual Practice art. Responding to specific and diverse contexts, Rigel creates conditions which foster free, comfortable, and honest conversation. She does so by employing two strong democratizing elements into her work: food and non-rectangular structures. Sharing food is an extremely relatable and intimate experience. Eating together creates an instant trust between the participants. It is the trust in turn which causes individuals dining together to be more receptive, emotionally vulnerable, and willing to engage in a genuine exchange of ideas and beliefs. Food effectively lowers emotional and social defenses and enables people to engage in more surprising and fulfilling conversation.