I explore ancestry working with memories, object making, storytelling, ritual and play to connect the hybridity of my culture. I am constantly dealing with contradictions that embody all forms of influences from divisions of borderlines, Indigenous people, European influence, and language. My battle is the ability to be a multi-faceted human in a landscape that is focused on the confining restrictions of racial construction. The focus of storytelling is the search and evolving journey into understanding my identity and finding my belonging as a human being. My work explores elements of hybridity as the aftermath of colonization and reconnects the human as a citizen of a borderless world, creating a sense of belonging that lives and rests in an interconnected planet amongst nature's cycles.
Laura Garcia-Penn is an emerging interdisciplinary artist in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas. Garcia-Penn received her MFA in Intermedia at the University of Texas at Arlington: Art and Art History Department and her BFA in drawing and painting at the University of North Texas in Denton. Her research and studio practice focuses on intuition, identity, hybridity, and storytelling. In 2015, she spent time as Artist-in-Residence researching and learning backstrap weaving with master weaver and teacher Euphrosyne Vasquez at the international artist residency Arquetopia in Oaxaca, Mexico.
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