Beth Garcia earned her MFA in printmaking from the University
of Wisconsin – Madison. After graduation,
limited access to printing presses led to the exploration of other media. Ms. Garcia has
been working in clay for the past 19 years.
She combines her passion for the medium with her love of life sciences by synthesizing organic clay vessels “in motion”.
Earth n Forms is her ceramic studio / classroom in Lakeland,
Florida where she teaches ceramics to adults and children. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule classes.
As an artist who loves biology,
when I kayak, hike or go to the beach I take a field guide with me so I can
name the various plants and animals that I encounter. Their infinite patterns,
textures and colors fascinate and inspire me.
I combine structures from plant, fish and fowl to design my own
biomorphic forms. I am particularly
fascinated by seed-pods because they symbolize both the beginning and the end
of a life cycle.
Clay is used to construct these
textured, undulating seed-pod inspired forms that suggest motion. By focusing
on whimsical color relationships and a variety of patterning, my artwork
celebrates the diverse and transient qualities of life. After all, in life the only constant is
change and while that may be a bit frightening it is also beautiful, exciting
and worthy of celebration.