INTERVIEW: BEATRICE GARCIA | ITSLIQUID

INTERVIEW: BEATRICE GARCIA

Interviews | March 15, 2023 |

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Image courtesy of Beatrice Garcia

Interview: Beatrice Garcia
Luca Curci talks with Yu-Ching Wang during MIXING IDENTITIES, second appointment of CANVAS INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2023, held in Venice, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.

Beatrice Garcia (b.1994) is a Gibraltar-born, Madrid-based fine artist and illustrator. She has a first-class degree in Finance and combines her artistic skills with her finance mindset. She has created artworks for a variety of personal and corporate clients and her work has been exhibited internationally with exhibitions in Venice, Gibraltar, Madrid and London. For Bea Garcia, art is about celebrating the perfectly imperfect. She started her career as a banker but then she felt a little sense of connection with that career so every day after her 9-6 slog she used to sit down and pick up a paintbrush. She started to create artworks that reflected the Japanese art of kintsugi whereby broken objects are repaired with a resin made with gold. This not only makes the cracks more apparent but it makes the overall object more valuable and Beautiful. This idea of celebrating the beauty of imperfection in the world around us is a theme that is still present in her work today. It is further highlighted by her painterly style. No two brushstrokes are created the same and just like how no two human beings are the same there is an inherent beauty in that.

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Image courtesy of Beatrice Garcia

Luca Curci – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
Beatrice Garcia
– I’m interested in the Japanese art of Kintsugi whereby broken objects instead of being discarded are given a new lease of life by having their cracks repaired with gold. The end result is an object which then becomes more valuable post breakage. I think this art form is a beautiful metaphor for life. In both my subject matter and in my approach of layering paint, I hope to positively showcase the imperfections of life and how beauty lies in these imperfections. I’m self-taught and have always created. I have tried multiple mediums throughout my artistic career but for me painting with acrylics felt like the most instinctive and also the best medium to reflect these imperfections.

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Image courtesy of Beatrice Garcia

LC – Which artists have somehow had an influence on your work
BG
– My colour palette is influenced by 12th-century painter Giotto. His use of pastel shades gives a softness and romanticism to his paintings and it is this same romanticism that I like to convey across my works. For me, using his colour palette is a bridge between the old and the new. Other artists who have influenced my work include David Hockney and Vincent Van Gogh for their unapologetic use of colour. I’m also greatly influenced by David Lynch’s 90s TV show Twin Peaks, particularly for its atmospheric qualities.

LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it your medium of expression?
BG
– I’m a Gibraltarian and there are only 33,000 Gibraltarians in the world. Given Gibraltar’s geographical location and its history, it is a cultural hub. Given this multiculturalism, it informs my view of the world as being very outward facing. I paint the things that I see and experience as a Gibraltarian and it is this perspective that comes through in my works.

LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
BG
– Choosing between my ideas. On a daily basis, I have so many ideas that sometimes I find it hard to simply pick one idea as I want to explore them all.

LC – What issues do you intend to deal with in the future?
BG
– I want to explore more the Japanese principle of wabi-sabi and how it relates to all elements that make up identity.

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Image courtesy of Beatrice Garcia

LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this event? How is it connected to the theme of the entire exhibition?
BG
– This series of 3 paintings explore Gibraltar’s multicultural food heritage and how our identity lies in the food we eat. Given how much of our time we spend eating during our lifetimes it is an integral part of our daily lives as well as a showcase for a culture. The paintings encourage the viewer to contemplate their own food memories and how nostalgia can also play an important role in our identities. These identities mix and evolve over time depending on our life experiences but the experience of a meal is a constant that we have throughout our lives.

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Image courtesy of Beatrice Garcia

LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
BG
– It’s a great platform which helps bring artists’ work to a whole new audience and can provide some vital exposure for artists.

LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
BG
– The event was very well organised by a fantastic group of people. My work was hung in a way that did it justice and I would like to thank the ITSLIQUID team for all their time and effort.

LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
BG
– I’d be open to collaborating again in future as I really enjoyed the exhibition in Venice.

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