Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Irene Lozano submits Kathy Vargas
Kathy Vargas is a photographer/ artist who creates images that reflect on her research of Mexican and pre- Columbian myths and literature. Her photographs come from experiences she encountered with her family .She produces work on an aesthetic style called magic realism, which is when “magical” elements are blended into a realistic atmosphere in order to access a deeper understanding of reality. There is a series of photographs titled “ Este Recuerdo “, translates to “This Memory”. This series was composed of old family photos to keep the stories alive of her ancestors. The title of this series came from a tombstone that Vargas saw , it had no name no date, just simply the words “Este Recuerdo “ engraved in the stone. These images were created between 2001 – 2005. They are hand colored, selenium- toned, black and white silver gelatin prints. The double exposures are done in the camera and add mystery to the subjects of the photos. Vargas’s photos have a sense of time and association with who we are and where we come from. She incorporates light, shadow, and illusion to create unique vision. I feel that her work is successful because it gives an understanding of culture in Mexican American communities.
I could not find a specific website for Kathy Vargas, but she has shown in a many shows all over the world. She was also a resident at ARTPACE a few years back.