Alice Garik is an artist, based in Brooklyn, NY, who uses photographic processes to explore and express our connections, through our bodies, to nature.
Garik’s approach to photography is informed by a foundation in painting and drawing as an undergraduate at Brandeis University, including studies with Philip Guston and Theordoros Stamos. She also participated as an artist resident at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
Her fascination with capturing human engagement in society and with nature led her to the immediacy of photography. Garik studied photojournalism at The New School and with editors of National Geographic at the University of Missouri and was a photography intern at The Village Voice.
Garik’s interests in the human form led her to photograph dancers and dance performances. From 1994-1996, DANCE INK commissioned her to photograph dancer and choreographer Neil Greenberg and ABT dancer Angel Corella.
After a relocation to Vermont in 1993, Garik began documenting the residue of rural life, using a large format 4X5″ camera and the more painterly alternative process of palladium contact printing to print four images together in a grid. In 1999, when ORION Magazine commissioned her to illustrate an article on perception, she used this method.
In 2005 Garik began capturing aspects of pregnancy and motherhood. Again using 4X5″ film she would expose an image of the soon-to-be mother, with a photograph of the newborn baby on the same sheet of film, creating a compressed photograph of expectant mother and child. The methods she developed capturing mother and child were then applied to her most recent series, superimposing and compressing images of bodies with flora and fauna.
Beginning in 2015, Garik began exploring how tattoos, embedded with myths, icons, plants and animals, express human veneration of nature. In this current body of work, she layers elements of the natural world with photographs she takes of people’s tattoos, proposing her own visual meditation on mending our severed connection to nature.
Garik’s work is in the collections of The Brooklyn Museum, The New York Public Library, The Polaroid Collection among others. She has executed illustrations for book covers and her work has been on the sets of several popular movies and TV series. Her maternity project is on view at City Births in NYC. Work from her current project was exhibited in 2017 in “Tattooed New-York” at The New-York Historical Society in NYC.