Born in Los Angeles, California, Edith Garcia’s work draws you into an alluring world of installation and sculpture. She focuses on the daily onslaught of emotional extortion we endure and the minimal occurrences that transpire each day, and she grafts them into
site-specific installations and objects. Her current work derives from what she refers to as ‘contemporary monsters’, influenced by everyday life as well as by growing up in a society
that uses the hybridisation of humans throughout its history.
Her body of work has been exhibited throughout North America, Mexico and Italy, in spaces such as the Northern Clay Center, Minnesota, Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas, Mexico City and is included in the permanent Sculpture Garden of the Archie Bray Foundation, Montana.
In 2006 she was awarded a McKnight Artist-in-Residence Fellowship at the Northern Clay Center, showed her work at ‘Family of Clay’ at CCA Ceramics, California, acted as a juror for the Jerome Foundation, and was Editor of ‘VJ: audio-visual art + vj culture’ (Laurence King Publishing).
In 2007 she exhibited her work at the Barbican Centre, London with a solo show of her
hybrid beasts in the ‘Contemporary Monsters’ series, using drawing, vinyl, ceramic in a large-scale installation. Her work was also featured at Ceramic Art London, the Affordable Art Fair, Bluecoat Display Centre, ‘C – Change, Craft in Our Future’ at Museum of Craft and Folk Art, USA and the Year07 Art Fair in association with Bucheon Gallery in London.
In 2008 she was invited artist for Visual Arts Council in the Royal Scottish Academy,
Edinburgh, Scotland and exhibited at The Grand Ceramics Theatre, MIAAO, International Museum of the Applied Arts Today in association with UIA 23rd World Congress of Architects, Torino, Italy, Terra Incognita: The Unknown Earth, Baltimore Clayworks and Confrontational Ceramics, Westchester Arts Council, NY, USA.
She was also Visiting Lecturer at the University of Ulster, Ireland; UWIC Cardiff School of Arts, Wales; Camberwell College of the Arts and University of Westminster, UK. Her work was featured in publications ‘Confrontational Ceramics’ in USA, Breaking the Mould: New Approaches to Ceramics, as well as featuring in Neu Keramik, Ceramic Review, Ceramic Monthly, Time Out London, and American Craft Magazine.
In early 2009 she will be a Guest Curator for exhibition Contemporary Monsters at the Northern Clay Center, Visiting Lecturer for University of Ulster in Ireland and her work will be featured in 500 Sculptures by Lark Books. In Fall, 2009 she will be Guest-Artist-In-Residence at The Clay Studio, Philadelphia. She is currently a full-time Research Candidate at the Royal College of Art in London, UK.