Subject #1 and Subject #11 is inspired by the artist's insatiable curiosity about understanding the self and the role of social and cultural expectation. Through the use of color theory, surreal scenes and minimalist details, Navarro created portraits that are cut and reassembled to create a new image. The work expresses self-referential questions and aims to connect to ideas of social construction of reality.
A BIG thank you goes to Midway for allowing us to utilize the windows of their property at 712 Main, The Jones on Main at the JPMorgan Chase & Co. Building.
Karen Navarro is an Argentine-born, multi-disciplinary artist currently living and working in Houston. Karen works on a diverse array of mediums that includes photography, collage and sculpture. Her image-based work centers around the topic of identity. Trained as a fashion designer and photographer, Karen studied at the University of Buenos Aires and completed the certificate program in photography at Houston Center for Photography. In 2018, Karen was the recipient of the Glassell School of Art scholarship from the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and most recently received the Artadia fellowship 2019. Her work has been exhibited in shows at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH); Lawndale Art Center, Houston, USA; Elisabet Ney Museum, Austin, USA; Melkweg Expo, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Houston Center for Photography, Houston, USA; and Museo de la Reconquista, Tigre, Argentina. Navarro’s work has been featured in numerous publications including ARTnews, CREATE! Magazine, SPOT Magazine, Aint—Bad, Lenscratch and Vogue Italia.