Human beings are not placed, they bring place into being - Jonathan Z. Smith
Wylie Garcia investigates themes of identity and place through process and material-oriented projects. Using cross disciplinary mediums such as textiles, painting, drawing, sound, and performance, Garcia explores issues related to gender, devotion, and emotional spaces. Garcia has a BA from the University of Chicago and an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. In 2019, she received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant. She is also the winner of the 2016 Barbara Smail Fellowship and Award from Burlington City Arts and the winner of a 2012, 2016, 2019 Creation Grant from the Vermont Arts Council. She received a St. Botolph Foundation Fellowship in 2013. Her work has been shown in solo and group shows across the U.S. and she has held residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts and the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, among others.
For over a decade, my work has responded to the question of belonging and how to find comfort existing in between places. I explore vulnerability and I am interested in the embellishments used to fortify our veneer. I think about how details can obscure the softness of personal truth, as well as provide something to obsess over. I like how these characteristics can embed themselves to alter/enrich the greater story we construct to make an emotional landscape. While I tend to work on several projects at a time, and often explore similar themes using a variety of media, my practice always comes back to the same questions: What is it that brings this moment into being? Is it a feeling? An emotion? A person? A place? How may I hold on to it for a second longer before it moves on and becomes something else?
b. 1980, Houston, TX
B.A. University of Chicago, 2002
M.F.A. Massachusetts College of Art and Design, 2008