Above: Three of Alba Garcia's many amazing fantasy creations
Lydia Clark, Art Services Associate
John Sparaci, Spotlight Editor
cREATING A WORLD OF HER OWN
Former BRIO winner Alba Garcia is both a stop-motion animator and a master doll maker. She has won numerous awards for her stop-motion and runs a monthly "Creature Lab" workshop where she teaches doll making. For Alba, these two distinct crafts are united by a common passion: to create a magical world of fantasy and imagination. The goblins, trolls and other folkloric figures that Alba creates -- and the animations that bring these characters to life -- are the subject of this edition of BRIO Spotlight.
Alba and some of her fantasy creations currently on view at Longwood Art Gallery's
"In The Realm of Dreams & Fears" exhibition on view through May 1, 2013.
For our Spotlight, BCA interviewed Alba in the center of her "realm." Her studio, located in her home in the Bronx, is a world of eclectic creative pieces and fascinating oddities. These include animal fossils, dated artifacts, random doll parts, and the Burtonesque work table where her inspiration comes to life.
In our interview, Alba explains the process of her animation and how doll making became a natural part of the process. She also discusses her sources of inspiration, what the work means to her, and what it means to others.
Interview with Alba Garcia
Interviewed by John Sparaci, Bronx Council on the Arts.
Alba's stop-motion interpretation of Oscar Wilde's
"The Happy Prince," produced
with the help of a
grant from the School of Visual Arts' Dusty Film Festival.
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