Born to a family of celebrated artists, Tammy Garcia’s success is built upon her keen ability to pay homage to artistic forebears while ingeniously defining new directions and traditions. Throughout most of her early career, Garcia worked to master the facets of traditional pueblo pottery creation. Later in her career, Garcia turned to bronze- at first creating small sculptures, while later creating monumental sculptures and large wall-mounted panels that demonstrated her mastery of the medium’s durability. Garcia’s love of color and texture led her to explore glass as yet another artistic medium. Collaborating with famed Native American glassworker, Preston Singletary, Tammy helped produce luminous glass pots infused with vibrant color and lyrical symbolism. By working in bronze and glass—media with little established tradition in Native American art—Tammy demonstrates confidence in her talent and identity to risk a clash with tradition.
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