Approved: 22.07.2009

Livia Garcia

Artist

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Approved: 22.07.2009

Since the beginning of the MA course, I have been focusing on the use of objects as materials in art making. The chosen objects include leaves, text, magnets, balloons, boxes, books, egg shells, cotton wool, sand and lost objects such as gloves. The project comprises a number of works and some of the pieces were selected for display at the MA exhibition. During the process, I have made use of the meanings

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Biography

Since the beginning of the MA course, I have been focusing on the use of objects as materials in art making. The chosen objects include leaves, text, magnets, balloons, boxes, books, egg shells, cotton wool, sand and lost objects such as gloves. The project comprises a number of works and some of the pieces were selected for display at the MA exhibition. During the process, I have made use of the meanings and characteristics of quotidian found objects to create my artworks. Sometimes I put materials together to build new meanings, other times I construct through destruction. In all cases, I would re-contextualise the materials or juxtapose them to create new visual experiences. I like to remove these objects from their normal context and re-structure them from other perspectives, in an attempt to break some presupposed boundaries. The functions and forms of the materials are often changed during the process. My practice is in search of something that is outside the material surface of the objects through transformation. I also wish to draw attention to the intangible and the invisible, such as weight and lightness. There is no limit to the materials that I use. They vary depending on the content and context. Each work tells its own stories but most importantly, the body of works as a whole forms the main concept in a bigger picture, and that is: how objects or materials speak. In my smaller pieces, I try to explore the combination of objects and drawings. I build a relationship between two-dimensional drawings with the space. Examples are 'When the Earth Becomes a Cube' (2009) and 'The Meeting Point' (2009). They are perhaps more open to interpretations as compared to other works which comprise mainly found objects. I use magnetic force as a material in some of these pieces, not only for the visual experience that it could create, but for the fact that it is a fundamental element of the earth that we live in. To me, these artworks are like miniatures of the universe in a compressed geometric form.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2009 - MA (Fine Art), University of Leeds, UK 2007 - BA (Fine Art) with Distinction, RMIT University, Australia (programme co-presented with the Hong Kong Art School) 1994 - Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Hons), University of Auckland, New Zealand