About | Edith Garcia
Edith Garcia's work draws you into an alluring world of installation and sculpture. She focuses on the unique individual experiences throughout our lifetimes, the minimal occurrences that transpire each day, addressing the ontology of humanity and grafts them into site-specific installations and objects. Her body of work has been exhibited throughout North America, Mexico and Europe, in spaces such as the Gimpel Fils, London, Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas, Mexico City and is included in the permanent Sculpture Garden of the Archie Bray Foundation, Montana.
Garcia is strongly engaged in the critical research of contemporary art and crafts with curatorial projects, publishing and creating works that reflect this passion. Garcia received her BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, MFA from the California College of the Arts and MPhil at the Royal College of Art in London working on research focusing around: The Absence and Presence of the Human Form in Ceramic Sculpture-Where is the Vanishing Point. And her first major publication Ceramics and the Human Figure was released worldwide by Bloomsbury.
Garcia was awarded the 2015-2016 Viola Frey Distinguished-Visiting Professorship at the California College of the Arts. Gaining access to the Viola Frey archive and working closely with the Artists' Legacy Foundation. In 2016, Garcia had a solo exhibition elemental shifts: innocence in the fire at Transmission Gallery in Oakland and was a Visiting Lecturer at the Cardiff School of Art and Design in Wales and published Clay Culture: London Blue for Ceramics Monthly Magazine.
In 2017, Garcia was guest curator for Forgotten Words, an invited selection of artists that use a variety of media to deliver projects through social practice, community collaboration and public engagement featuring internationally recognized such as Stephanie Syjuco and Victoria Wagner. She was visiting lecturer a the San Francisco Art Institute, and exhibited a new body of work for Home from Home at Contemporary Applied Arts, London and published Russell Wrankle, Behind the Hidden Hare for Ceramics Monthly Magazine.
For 2018, she published Crowdfunding in Ceramic Monthly Magazine showcasing Beth Cavener and Kelsey Bowen discussing their individual experiences with successful crowdfunding initiatives to help support their studio practices. In London, Home from Home project had a film screening at Ceramics Art London 2018 as part of Clay Talks programs, that featured, Grayson Perry, Phoebe Cummings and Matthew Raw and she took part in Residential, Works from the Permanent Collection at the Northern Clay Center in Minnesota and The Clay National at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia.
Early 2019, Garcia was commissioned by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design to generate a site-specific installation Fabricating the Real, that reaches into the ephemeral in art, interpretation of the contemporary object and the notion of the sublime within contemporary art and craft during the 2019 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference; Claytopia and authored The Counterculture Ceramics of Tom Bartel for the February issue of Ceramics Monthly Magazine.
Garcia is currently Professor at the Department of Art Practice at the University of California, Berkeley and Fine Arts, CORE and Crafts Programs at the California College of the Arts.
More information at www.edithgarciastudio.com
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