chopped and changed
Welcome to the strange, cut-and-paste world of Karen Navarro.
Yes, there’s a lot of art out there exploring our relationship with social media (selfies, man, they’re deep), but something about Karen Navarro’s collages made us stop to take a closer look. Perhaps it’s the outright oddness of seeing faces slashed, swirled and put back together in alien ways – like looking into particularly nightmarish funhouse mirror – or maybe her bold use of colour. To make each piece, Karen cast models via social media, photographing them in matching colours before embossing her snaps with the top hundred hashtags on Instagram. Finally, she assembled the photos into what you see here. You can see what she’s getting at, right? Karen's process is a lot like our approach to social media, where we cut and paste fragments of ourselves to piece together an online identity – or as she puts it, an optical illusion.