3.02b Pictor’s Metamorphoses

Wylie Garcia


+ On the Process

"My goal was to reinterpret the poem as a dream unfolding where memories and objects feel slippery. But I also wanted to create these layers that feel tangible but far away with overlapping sounds to allow one to slip deeper into the dream to hear more of the story being told. The poem reminded me of ‘Pictor's Metamorphoses,’ a short story by Herman Hesse about a couple who fall in love and morph into trees. The ballad of Barbara Allen also kept popping into my head, so there is a little homage to the Jean Ritchie version in there if you listen close enough. Roots are networks of embrace; communicating at subtle vibrations that require deep listening to hear what they are saying. I suggest wearing head phones when watching this allowing yourself to sink deeper into it each time."

+ On the Whole

"Seeing the piece as a whole was beautiful. The nuances of interpretation were little threads that I was originally skeptical could be carried over from piece to piece, but in the end the visual and verbal similarities were uncanny, especially when in the so much changed in the middle of the transmission from beginning to end. On pathway B especially, Rene and I were mesmerized at the visual metaphor that was mirrored between my piece and her piece with liquid/fluid substance being a visual focal point.

In response to finding out that I interpreted Shawn Corey's poem and that J. Turk interpreted my sound/film I was speechless because I connect creatively on a personal level to both of their work respectively. I didn't realize it at the time but Shawn's poem was the keystone to the whole process and I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to try to visually express what the poem meant to me. When I saw J. Turk's response to my own piece I was humbled. The interpretation felt so personal and vulnerable a communication through subtle changes of intention and uncertain gesture."

Wylie Garcia

Wylie Garcia investigates themes of identity and place through process and material oriented projects. Using cross disciplinary mediums such as textiles, painting, drawing, sound, and performance, Garcia explores issues related to gender, devotion, and emotional spaces.  

b. 1980, Houston, TX

B.A. University of Chicago, 2002

M.F.A. Massachusetts College of Art and Design, 2008