Colours blend. Cubes shift and tessellate. Faces are obscured, spliced and transformed. This is the work of Argentinian-born, Houston-based Karen Navarro, whose practice encompasses collage, photography, sculpture and text to investigate the intersections of belonging, race and representation. “My work is informed by my experience of being an immigrant and the ways in which I see identity as a cultural and social construct.” Segmented pushes the boundaries of image-making with 3D structures and vivid tones. Fragmented faces recall the playfulness of Cubism and Surrealism to dissect the pluralities of the self.
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Image: Karen Navarro, Segmented, (2022). Archival inkjet print, wood, acrylic paint, epoxy. 168.9cm x 114.3cm.