As a biracial Latina, a seventh-generation Texan of European descent on my mom’s side and granddaughter of Mexican immigrants on my dad’s, I have followed the roots of my own ancestry to shape my artistic practice. Major events in Texas history such as the Mexican-American War, Battle of the Alamo, Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, and Bracero Program have created a complex relationship between my two cultures: Texans and Mexicans. The residual racial discord that has resulted from these historical moments—particularly, the racialization and displacement of unauthorized Latinx immigrants—is both the context and focus of my work. Through printmaking, papermaking, and installation art, I encourage awareness of our current immigration and foreign affairs policies by confronting viewers with the gruesome reality that death occurs daily on the Mexico-U.S. border.
J. Leigh Garcia is an artist born and raised in Dallas, TX. Garcia received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from The University of North Texas. Garcia is currently an adjunct professor teaching printmaking and two-dimensional design at Pensacola State College in Pensacola, Florida.