My work draws inspiration from the competing natural and human-made 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 attempt to render this continuous struggle for elimination, control, cohabitation, and relief.
Auriel May Garza is an art historian, writer, educator, and artist currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she works for the Painting and Sculpture Department at SFMOMA. Trained as 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.
Auriel has supported curatorial projects and educational programs in several museums, 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.