France Garrido

China Moon-Madame Erzulie
24″x24″; handmade paper, medal, appropriated images, wood, wax on watercolor paper mounted on Masonite; 2009

France Garrido
Weehawken, New Jersey, USA

STATEMENT

There have been great influences in my life which have inspired my artistic growth.

Nature and Spirit are key to that growth. I have been influenced by, and in particular, visionary and surrealist schools of art. For example, the work of Dali, Joseph Cornell, Dorothea Tanning, Remedios Varo, Egon Schiele, Jorge Gonzalez Camarena, Hannah Höch, and Indigenous cultures.

I began using the circle when my awareness of the earth, feminine nature and spirit commenced. I work on an intuitive level and let the piece speak to me during the process, whether I have an intent or not. Experimenting with several mediums (acrylic paint, graphite, collage, mosaics, pen & ink) all present different challenges, characteristics and possibilities to the execution of my work. All of which I find have limitless fascination.

Sacred geometry, is present in much of my work specifically, the circle and the circle in the square, these are sacred and universal symbols present in all religions & cultures.

I am seeking to touch, deep within the viewer’s spirit, a truth or essence.

To awaken/nudge/shift the subconscious.
Seduction into another world…A world of vision and dream.

BIO

France Garrido was born in New York City, of first generation Spanish and Italian parents, and was steeped in both cultures. At the age of 7, her family moved from an urban setting to a rural one. Here is where her love of nature was sparked; she was allowed to wander freely and explore the magic of the forest and all that presents itself in nature.

While in middle school, she visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, where she witnessed Dali’s The Crucifixion. This painting had a profound affect on her. She was transfixed, everything around her seemed to vanish; standing in front of this painting cemented in her a desire to be an artist!

She attended Ramapo College (New Jersey), the Art Students League (New York) and independently studied the figure, where she developed from associating with more seasoned artists, included in that group was John Gaydos.

Being awarded a private grant to study the Mexican Mural Masterpieces in Mexico City, Cuernavaca and Taxco, had a profound influence on her art making; witnessing firsthand the work of Siqueiros, O’Gorman, Rivera, Kahlo, Camarena, et al.

Simultaneously she began her deep exploration into collage, which has grown into a lifelong passion and pursuit. In 2000, she co-founded and co-directed the Collage/Assemblage Society in New York City and became Master Collagist Jonathan Talbot’s studio assistant. It was here that she was introduced to other techniques, including Talbot’s unique approach and best practices. Consistently developing her own visual language, utilizing appropriated, self-generated and manipulated images along with objects, papers and a host of other elements.

Ms. Garrido is best known for her highly detailed and intricate collage/mixed media works that exemplify the Surrealist & Visionary genre. Hannah Höch, Salvador Dali, Egon Schiele, cultures (her own as well as others) and nature have and continue to inspire her.

ARTIST CONTACT

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IMAGES

China Moon-Wandering Between Worlds
24″x24″; acetate, appropriated images, plastic gold ink, tile on watercolor paper mounted on Masonite; 2010
Rage Against the Dying of the Light
48″x48″; mirror and appropriated images on illustration board; 2014
From the Heart I
32″x32″; handmade papers, appropriated images, ink, graphite on illustration board; 2016
From the Heart II
32″x32″; handmade papers, appropriated images, ink, graphite on illustration board; 2016