@phillyartjawn is pleased to introduce our featured artist of the month, @luciagarzon!
Check out the interview below to learn more about our artist of the month:
Q: What artists are you currently influenced by?
A: I'm currently really inspired by Joiri Minaya who is a Dominican artist based out of New York. Her work is multidisciplinary and includes a lot of sculpture, fibers, and performance. I love her performance work specifically because it’s always a seamless combination of all mediums she works in which focuses on the body, environment, and her identity. I’m interested in a lot of different materials and ways of creating and seeing artists like Joiri doing their thing shows me that that’s ok. I don’t need to pick one medium and obsess over it, I can dip my toes into a bunch of different things and learn as I go. It’s refreshing to see artists let their ideas guide them to the materials rather than the other way around. I think not being so confined to one medium makes a well rounded artist who is most importantly willing to learn.
Q: Describe your artistic process.
A: My work is always addressing ideas of identity and family so sourcing inspiration mostly comes from personal family histories. Everything starts with a story and then I come up with ways to deconstruct them and analyze certain parts through mostly process based work. My process is always changing because I like to work in so many different mediums. I often work in wood and fibers which are both drastically different but equally frustrating. My work requires a lot of trial and error and I’m always learning and evolving with the materials as I go.
Q: How has COVID-19 pandemic affected your work?
A: I think the uncertainty of everything has made it hard to keep moving forward and continue to focus on my practice while I have all of this time. I’ve been trying not to get caught up in all the craziness that’s been going on but it’s been hard and that sometimes gets in the way of my focus and productivity in the studio. It’s specifically been difficult to be isolated from my family who are always the root of my inspiration. People and interactions always fuel my work and not being able to access that is isolating not only as a person but also as a maker.
Q: What do you think art will look like once we re-emerge from isolation?
A: I think in general art will look the same but art communities may be different. Hopefully arts communities will be stronger together once we are able to organize and work with each other again. In times like these the arts are always hit really hard, funding gets cut, the value of what we do lowers, and yet again we have to prove the importance of our work. I think this cycle ultimately makes us stronger and even more eager to work. I’m excited to see how we bounce back, what kind of work will come from this time, and how we will create new ways to engage with different communities.
Thank you for sharing with us, @luciagarzon!