Samantha Isabel Garcia
Photos courtesy of the artist..
PRESS RELEASE: Artist Statement: Samantha Isabel Garcia
The justification for my creation of art is the intrinsic necessity and the hungry that I felt at the time of grabbing a brush, a pencil, or any tool to start molding the feelings and thoughts that were inside me. Probably, this justification has been said by plenty of artists before me, but this does not take away the honesty of my words. The truth is that, after dedicating part of my studies to the social problems, to understand them and measure them, and to try to find the best solution for them, my body became a prisoner of these feelings of consternation and admiration towards a world and a society that behaves in strange forms that is far from the human logic. Thus, in order to free my body from this prison, I choose to do art.
One of my principal characteristics as an artist is the combination between sociology and art. I believe that, far from putting myself in disadvantage, the fact that I have dedicated my studies to both fields provides me with the tools needed to create a work of art with argument. My mind has been molded in such a way that, while I am working on piece of art, I am also trying to look for an answer to my concerns. Through this, I create a work of art that I consider suggestive; I can show the process of my analytical thinking about a topic, and, by sharing my pieces, I also share this process.
The strange ways in which society works have always caught my attention. I became restless over world famine, contamination, social and economic inequality, and inequality among genders. This last one has been my artistic focus for over a year. After studying diverse theories of feminism and the inequality among genders, my concerns about those issues have being constant in my work. Because of the lack of representation in society, women’s roles have been greatly depicted in my work. I believe that our roles in society have not been recognized yet. The social condition of women diverges between social contexts; in general terms, women are still victims of a system that has not let them develop entirely.
Women’s issues are not something simple, which is why I choose strong icons to depict my ideas: breasts are one of the main characteristics in my artwork. If I must summarize the meaning of the breast in my artwork, I would say that they represent each woman and the roles that they must develop in their lives. Each breast carries the capacity that each woman has to perform any role. A breast comes to provoke anyone who is looking at it and brings concepts that the individual forges for many years. For some, the breast will have sexual connotations; they might think about the sensuality and sexuality or just the body of a woman. For others, the icon will represent motherhood. I found these two forms of looking at the breast fascinating, because these two roles rule the lives of women. I admire motherhood, the capacity of a woman to bear a child, and the capacity of the body during this process. I am also fascinated by the sexuality of women, which has suffered multiple attempts at inhibiting it.
My materials and techniques always function to make my ideas come to life; I do not create any limitations for myself through my medium. If a painting, a sculpture, a drawing, and installation, or even a performance works for my ideology, I utilize it. The addictive process and physiological need that art became cannot conceive materials or techniques limitations. My art is the conjugation of concepts, processes, and the most visceral feelings transformed into something tangible. In this case, all the ideas that I have about women are represent by breasts. Each breast makes honor to women’s capacities; it recognizes its position and begs for a better future for women. It is direct; it plays with the taboos in people’s mind with the only purpose of proposing a better understanding of women.