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 emotional embellishments we use to fortify ourselves as a metaphor for exploring personal truth and processing uncomfortable details and thoughts. I think of this work as an emotional landscape that tells a the story about resilience, connection, belonging, and trusting in one's instincts. 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 what ever it is? how do I honor how it needs to change and how do I let it go?
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b. 1980, Houston, TX
B.A. University of Chicago, 2002
M.F.A. Massachusetts College of Art and Design, 2008