Houston Artist Karen Navarro Looks Inward in Her Latest Exhibition

Kiley Faulkner | May 4, 2021 | Lifestyle Relax and Renew Art


Karen Navarro, “Puzzled” (2020) PHOTO COURTESY OF FOTO RELEVANCE
Karen Navarro, “Puzzled” (2020) PHOTO COURTESY OF FOTO RELEVANCE

In her debut solo show at Foto Relevance, Houston-based artist Karen Navarro examines self-representation and identity through a multidimensional lens.


“Subject #12” (2019) PHOTO COURTESY OF FOTO RELEVANCE
“Subject #12” (2019) PHOTO COURTESY OF FOTO RELEVANCE

Known for pushing the boundaries of traditional photography, mixed-media artist Karen Navarro has reached new heights with her latest exhibition—a series of photosculpture configurations assembled and arranged in various ways, shapes and forms. In The Constructed Self, on view April 30 through June 25 at Foto Relevance, Navarro uses multidimensional portraiture to illustrate our ability to reorder and redesign our public-facing personas.

Some featured works are stacked and spinning, while others are paneled and pieced together. “Puzzled,” for example, comprises 48 individual wood panels that can be rearranged to yield different variations of the same piece. Through colorful, geometric collages, Navarro artfully tackles the complex themes of identity construction and self-understanding in a way that challenges viewers to question societal norms. The Argentine artist, who’s called Houston home since 2014, counts The Constructed Self as her solo debut at the Museum District gallery. 4411 Montrose Blvd., Ste. C, fotorelevance.com


“Fragment” (2019) PHOTO COURTESY OF FOTO RELEVANCE
“Fragment” (2019) PHOTO COURTESY OF FOTO RELEVANCE



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Photography by: Foto Relevance