“I search for the origins,” says Angela Garcia, “the roots of art and the archaic aesthetics.” Garcia’s search informs every aspect of her art — from the powder pigments she uses to the subtle colors and textures of her canvases. She notes that the pigments she employs hearken back to “the first settlers who painted magical symbols on the walls of the caves,” and the layered colors of her paintings create a vivid sense of the earth while also creating powerful effects of sunlight, air and space. The resulting images have the simplicity of those cave paintings, incorporating basic hieroglyphic-style characters, and the sophistication of modern abstraction.
That sense of bridging artistic worlds is a central part of Garcia’s process. Steeping herself in the roots of ancient cultures, she makes paintings that reference them, but primarily uses those echoes as a path toward a goal that is both universal and highly specific. “I always paint what really connects me with the emotion of the creative moment,” she says, “without considering the good or bad consequences.”