Lydia Garcia is a Central Texas-based visual artist whose works explore the character of organic materials and the human behaviors that alter their landscapes. Creating raw pigments, handmade colors, and layered textures through a process of experimentation, Garcia produces organic formations that break down, interact and shift. Using her training in painting, video, and light, she renders these abstract forms utilizing various substrates. In a larger sense, Garcia is interested in temporal limitations on organic materials such as plants, geological forms, and natural chemicals. Location is paramount in terms of ownership, care, and societal structures focused on land ownership.
Searching and collecting various ingredients is an important element to Garcia’s practice. From black walnut hulls in an Austin backyard, beets from local farmer’s markets, dirt off highway 71, or copper yen from Japan, Garcia’s selected materials range from local to international spaces and environments.
This studio process has led to the establishment of Ochre & Iron, an evolving social practice in which Garcia shares and exchanges knowledge and services through interactive workshops, process-based exchanges, and community involvement, while generating working materials native to the Central Texas region.