Ever since I started working as an artist, in the mid 90’s, I was interested in the influence of decorative arts in the development of abstract art of the 20th century. In this series of works, I start from a grid, the crossing of “straight” lines as a virtual construction of reality and as a mean to get inside the spectator’s perspective of the scale, proportion and limit within an architectural space, at the same time in relation with the number of social and cultural premises that every decision of distortion and incident imply. The production of my works starts with a “prototype” made with glass or plastic beads, different war materials that I glue as an embroidery, evoking the craftwork tradition usually attributed to women, as well as the atavistic attraction to all that glitters, the foundational Latin American myth that tells that the conquerors took the gold in exchange of “color mirrors”.


  • Title: CBN IV
  • Creator: Karina El Azem
  • Date Created: 2020
  • Date Published: 2022
  • Location: CABA. Lives and work in CABA.
  • Physical Dimensions: 150 x 110 cm
  • Original Language: Español
  • Provenance: Finalists of 13th Itaú Artes Visuales Award. 2021-2022.
  • Type: Drawing
  • Publisher: Itaú Foundation Argentina
  • Medium: Inkjet print on canvas

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