- Laritza Garcia
My Hispanic background shapes the notion that folklore has regenerative powers that can assuage emotional woes. Celebrations, songs and poems from my upbringing use humor and spirited attitudes to cope with troubling situations. My aesthetic development is inspired by the capacity that folk arts have to provide personal rejuvenation, and I guide my work by a similar focus on liveliness.
My understanding of art as a coping mechanism led me to embrace strong professional ties with Youth Art-Reach Services, which help at-risk children to connect to school, cope with difficult situations, and manage stress. In turn, teaching young children and teenagers has significantly impacted my visual narrative. I have adopted certain traits and tactics of childhood behavior into my design aesthetic such as exploratory construction