Karen Navarro

Karen Navarro PH

photography, colors, color theory, collages, sculpture

/Collage /Conceptual Art /Digital Art /Installation /Site-specific Art /Mixed-Media /New/Digital Media /Photography /Sculpture
Self Taught
Houston Center for Photography, Fresh Arts
What impact do you want to have with your art?
I want to raise questions challenging the viewers to think about the preconceived notions.

In my work I explore ideas related to identity, femininity, and sexuality.

Most of my work is female-subject based. I attach preconceived ideas of female identity and beauty. For this reason, in my work I allow my subjects to operate on a new level where cliches are banned, and absolute truths of identity and form are reconfigured. Usually, subjects take on a surreal and mysterious quality.

Deconstructing what we have learned and what is imposed on us, I take my work to another, deeper level: of openness, fluidity, and ambiguity. My work allows us to leave behind fixed ideas of identity, instead offering a new manifestation of the female form. My photo process blurs those lines of identity and social concepts of women and at the same time confront us to modern social issues that need to be questioned. In my last series, I include male models and I use new media technologies to examine the way people present themselves and modify their identity on social networking sites. My main focus is to examine the way people manipulate the representation of themselves on social media and to question how digital culture has changed the way people relate and connect to one another by constructing new identities.

Artists Biography

Karen Navarro is a Houston-based Argentine-born mixed media and fine art photographer. Her fine art and constructed portraits are known for the use of color theory, surreal scenes and minimalist details. Karen’s work approaches contemporary issues related to identity, femininity, and sexuality.

The highly stylized images are tied to Karen’s background in fashion design, she studied at The University of Buenos Aires (UBA). She lives in Houston since 2014 where she studied Photography at Houston Center for Photography. Karen has been awarded a scholarship at Glassell Art School | The Museum of Fine Art, Houston in 2018 where she studied analog photography.