David Ocelotl Garcia at work in his studio

3-D Studio Demo Artist David Ocelotl Garcia

David Ocelotl Garcia will be in the 3-D Studio demonstrating clay sculpture March 3-4.

I typically create works that speak to social, civic, and environmental awareness as well as historical events, but ultimately, I want the viewer to be inspired and feel the energy of my work.

– David Ocelotl Garcia 

Olivia Davies: What will your demonstration at the DAM look like? What can visitors expect?

David Ocelotl Garcia: My demonstration at the DAM will consist of working on a new figure sculpture or bust using my own style I call Abstract Imaginism. In addition, I also envision the public interacting/working with me on a new sculpture or evolving an existing one of my own. Visitors can expect to see me working on some of my current projects using various tools, materials, and techniques. In addition, the viewer will have the opportunity to physically engage with some of the existing clay sculptures and add their own ideas and energy into the work.

OD: Can you tell us a little bit about your process?

DOC: My process involves oil-based clay and wax. The oil-based clay and wax are melted at varying temperatures and are often combined to create my base medium. Next, I create my sculpture using my own style and technique. I then make molds of the original sculpture, which can later be cast in metal, resin, and many other mediums.

OD: How does your personal background influence your work?

DOC: My personal background has influenced my work because it has allowed me to create my own original style, technique, and philosophy.

OD: A lot of the work you do is public commission for murals. What kind of impact do you want your work to have on the surrounding communities?

DOC: I typically create works that speak to social, civic, and environmental awareness as well as historical events, but ultimately, I want the viewer to be inspired and feel the energy of my work.

An artwork by David Ocelotl Garcia that looks like a prickly pear cactus
Photos courtesy of the artist.

Olivia Davies is a studio and artist programs intern in the department of learning and engagement at the Denver Art Museum.

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