Apia (Caro Garcia / b.1977, Chile) is a multidisciplinary visual artist based in Miami. Her work is the result of emotional introspection about life and what surrounds her, rescuing from within what she calls Conscious Happiness and bringing those images to life through her work. This led her to the creation of the Hi and Hello World, which now intermix with most of her creations. An engineer by profession, she discovered she could communicate through drawings and paintings with her son who has autism. That transformed her life and reconnected her with her artistic essence.Want to contact? email me firstname.lastname@example.org
This installation is one of the sceneries you can find in the Hi and Hello World. A running stream, the breeze of the trees and the sunset atmosphere, where everyone in it wants you to feel seen and understood. Accepted and loved for who you really are in your heart.
The Hi and Hello world came to me when I was looking for a place where my family would be accepted as we are. My son’s health condition transformed us. The fears I felt at the beginning of the journey were tamed by the notion this place existed, even if it was just in my imagination.
One of the main characteristics of this world and what makes inclusion possible in it are the signs that each character displays. They allow perfect communication, as they show the message they want to convey in the way the other will understand it. That being words, symbols or drawings. More often than not you’ll find hearts in my paintings, because ultimately the message of this world is love.
Inclusion has a lot to do with acceptance, and that comes from love. Love for oneself and for others in the same measure. When we stop judging ourselves, we stop covering for what we lack by judging those around us.
I want to invite you to sit down and take in the bright colors and the overall atmosphere, but most importantly, i want you to close your eyes and connect with the feelings behind it. I want you to feel loved, accepted, seen and understood. Allow that to fill your heart and mind and make this world yours too!!