Meet Bio Artist: Maru Garcia
Maru García is a transdisciplinary artist and researcher working across art + science + environment. Her methodology includes both the social and hard sciences, combining a versatile laboratory and fieldwork from her background in plant chemistry and the chemical industry. Her use of media includes research, installations, performance, sculpture, and video, usually with the presence of some kind of organic matter to help understand the biological processes occurring in complex systems. Her areas of interest are explorations on biosystems, interspecies relationships, and the capacity of living organisms (including humans) to act as remediators in contaminated sites. Her work highlights the importance of eco-aesthetics, where relationships and community are proposed as a way of building a sustainable culture. At the same time, she questions the ways science and technology have influenced the relationship between humans within the natural world.
Since 2017, Maru has collaborated with the Art-Sci Center and Counterforce Lab at UCLA. She has participated in conferences, solo and group exhibitions in North America, Europe, and Asia. She was an artist in residence in the National Center of Genetic Resources in Mexico and received awards from Los Angeles Sustainability Collaborative, Clifton Webb Scholarship for the Arts, and Fundación Jumex. She worked at the Getty Research Institute in the 2019-2020 Scholar program titled “Art and Ecology”.
Currently, she is based in LA and is an artist in residence at the Pando Populus Campus in Monrovia, CA, an accelerator for environmental initiatives. She is a 2020 Sci-Art Ambassador for Supercollider. Maru holds an MFA in Design & Media Arts from UCLA as well as an M.S. in Biotechnology and a B.S. in Chemistry both from Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico.
ECOLOGY | BIODIVERSITY | ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE | PERCEPTION | INSTALLATION | SCULPTURE | VIDEO | PERFORMANCE | ECO-ART | BIO-ART