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Iliana emilia Garcia
brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Boerum Hill



ARTIST STATEMENT: The base of my work is the emotional history of things. Itís not about the geographical or physical history, but more about the value we give to what we own/keep/cherish. I have been using the chair as my personal tool/star/instrument related to tradition and visual history; and one of the most public of signs, the heart, as the symbol to represent the intimate side of a communal activity as it is to feel, to remember and to interpret. I intend these icons to tell history and to remember it; precisely our basic need of emotional comfort, and our sense of loss and gain. It is a constant search, not of answers, but of certain satisfaction. This is also a search for physical perpetuity, without counting with just our memories (and the subjective fact attached to that concept), and for the strength the material I choose to apply may suggest, in comparison with the vulnerability of our emotions. My chair has become the permanent tree where we could always lean; and the heart, the care taker (if the tree falls) of finding our innocence, of making up for any loss of memory and bringing back a sense of gain, love, emotional accomplishment and presence. At the end (and from the beginning), everything depends on the "eye/heart of the beholder."
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