Karla García is a multidisciplinary artist who creates desert landscape installations as a metaphor for her upbringing in the border towns of Juárez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas. Leveraging clay as her primary medium, her cacti sculptures symbolize her deep connection to her Mexican cultural heritage while embodying the indomitable spirit of collective immigrant narratives in the United States. Through her artistry, she adeptly forges a symbolic link between plants, the human body, and the environments they inhabit, inviting viewers to contemplate the profound interconnectedness of nature and human experience. Notably, her vessels are meticulously crafted through coil-building and hand-pinching techniques, meticulously shaping the cactus's spines to capture their distinctive essence. Some of her sculptures undergo a firing process, while others remain in their raw, ephemeral state, purposefully evoking the enduring and shared nature of the land we share.

Karla García (b. 1977, Juárez, Chihuahua, México) received her MFA in Ceramics at University of North Texas, Denton, TX (2019). Recent solo exhibitions include: Norman Brown Gallery, Goldmark Cultural Center, Dallas, TX (2022); 12.26, Dallas, TX (2021) The Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX (2020), among others. Recent group exhibitions include: Varuni K. Divisions Gallery, Victoria, Australia (2023); Centro de Artes, San Antonio, TX (2023); Presa House Gallery, San Antonio, TX (2023); The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference, Cincinnati, OH (2023), among others. In 2022, García mounted a binational site-specific installation entitled La Línea Imaginaria which honored the Texas/ Mexico borderland. Her signature ceramic cacti ceramics unified the landscape which is divided by the border wall, temporarily joining the two cities of El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. García was an Artist in Residence at 100W Artist & Writer Residency in Corsicana, TX (2021) and completed a Ceramics Residency at the International Artists Residency Exchange in St. Raphael, France (2020). García was a recipient of the Nasher Artist Grant in 2021. García lives and works in Dallas, TX.

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