Artist statement

Artist Statement

My work draws inspiration from the competing natural and manmade forces I perceive in my environment and daily life. Engineered lines and structures impose upon nature’s more organic processes and curves, which continually bend back to reiterate their more impressive force. My drawings and paintings are attempts at poetically rendering this continuous struggle for elimination, control, cohabitation, and relief.

Artist bio

Auriel May Garza (b. 1986, Illinois) is an art historian, writer, educator, and artist currently based in Fort Worth, Texas. Trained as both an artist and art historian, she earned a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009 and a MA in Art History from Texas Christian University in 2015. To date Auriel has helped organize and curate over thirty modern and contemporary art exhibitions. She also serves on the board of directors for Art Tooth, an artist-run non-profit that provides exhibition opportunities and resources to emerging and mid-career artists in DFW. 

Auriel has previously worked for museums, galleries, and cultural non-profits in Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Miami Beach, and San Antonio, including the Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Dallas Museum of Art; the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach; and the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio. Though her roles in museums and cultural institutions have often taken precedence, she maintains a consistent studio practice and hopes to exhibit her work more regularly in the future.