Artist April Garcia brings The Root of It All to Bailey exhibit

Ben Bailey Art Gallery - 10/13/16 - 10/27/16

Contact: Julie Navejar or 361-593-2590

Pink Barb Web a work by April Garcia, an acrylic triangular shape with Barbie legs standing on top that has the uper torso of a lumpy mushroom made of pink cloth.

April Garcia is a contemporary artist who uses soft sculpture, installation and most recently, video, in her art practice. Some of her art work is currently on display at the Ben Bailey Art Gallery at Texas A&M University-Kingsville in the exhibit The Root of It All

Garcia’s exhibit will close Saturday, Nov. 19, with the closing reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18. 

Garcia makes work with a spontaneous and intuitive approach. She is inspired by natural elements and the shapes found in nature. Her work also explores Mexican folklore, memory and identity. Her process channels her memory of making macramé bracelets for hours as a young child, knotting endlessly, moving the strings around to create various color patterns. 

The knotting and weaving process that started from those early pieces carries through to her work today. What is most recognizable about her work is the process of sewing, weaving and knotting that she has developed to give the pieces a distinct and natural texture, reminiscent of nature and living plant life. 

Garcia was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley before moving to Austin, where she enjoys being a part of the creative community and has studied media that include sculpture and printmaking. Her work was selected to be part of the 18th Annual Young Latino Artist Exhibition at the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin. She has also exhibited artwork at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Culture Center in Austin. 

Other notable exhibitions include Women without Borders at La Peña Gallery, Prismatic at the Diaz Gallery, Erotica at The Lombardi Gallery and the East Austin Studio Tour. 

Garcia works with the Austin Scottish Rite Theater as a costume designer and stage actress. She was part of the cast of Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote and The Merry Wives of Windsor.

The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 361-593-3401.