the body knots itself
- Oil pastel and acrylic on canvas
- 40" x 30"
This is a piece from the series ‘Smoking in the Garden,’ which explores the folklore found in Kim’s mother's stories, emphasizing how oral narratives have the potential to transform and heal trauma. The drawings in this series serve as a way to evoke the complex ancestral power that both constrains and heals. The abstract imagery is designed to imbue the characters within the narrative with a unique aura.
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Kim Garcia (b. 1989 San Diego, CA) is an artist working in sculpture, drawing, and painting. Her practice explores social dynamics and residual trauma from interpersonal relationships, community structures, and memory. Kim comes from a background in creating collaborative community projects that often employ alternative spaces to explore studio art practices, site-specific collaboration, and museum and exhibition research. She is the founder of The Cold Read, an online critique group and artist collective that engages gestures of care and support through writing. And is one of the co-founders of after hours gallery, an art gallery in Los Angeles that hosts seasonal two-person exhibitions. She has most recently shown her work at Phase Gallery, Peripheral Space, DXIX Projects, Human Resources, DAC Gallery, Torrance Art Museum, CICA Museum (Korea), and Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Kim is based in Los Angeles and received her BA from UC San Diego and her MFA from UC Irvine.