Karina Mago

Karina Mago

KARINA MAGO
ceramics/printmaking/installations

2018/19 Artist in Residence


My work is informed by my experiences as a Venezuelan immigrant — one who, like many, has lost the ability to both physically and emotionally return to her place of origin because she’s no longer belongs there. An individual whose fate was sealed by a decaying government that has largely ignored the needs of its citizens, while feasting on unceremoniously earned riches. I make in order to cope with that sense of loss of place, but also to celebrate the fact that I was lucky enough to escape. 

The themes that inspire my work are place and memory: the makings of identity. I look back onto my memories of Venezuela, and I notice how they become fainter each day. These memories present themselves as land masses getting washed away by a sea of overwhelming light and color. Spreading further apart, continents become islands, continents become rocks, and rocks become shapes underneath the waves. These thoughts translate to ceramic forms hanging precariously on the wall, from the ceiling and onto each other. The forms themselves take the shape of passing landscapes. Inspired by the kinetic works of Alexander Calder, as well as the suspended installations of Jeanne Quinn, I wish to make more suspended work that further pushes ceramics into an unexpected, precarious position. During my time in Mendocino, I also want to work towards creating larger and larger installations that incorporate paper and mixed media along the ceramic forms.


ABOUT KARINA
Karina Mago is a Venezuelan artist currently interested in making ceramic and paper installations that activate spaces through their shadows. Raised in Caracas, then promptly transplanted to South Florida, she was forced to trade rolling mountain ranges and towering steel for sandy beaches and pastel shopping plazas. This shift in surroundings inspired an ongoing fascination with place and memory, the makings of identity. She received her BFA from Florida State University in the spring of 2017 with concentrations in ceramics, printmaking, and painting and since has completed an Artist Residency for Goggleworks Center for the Arts in Reading, PA. At the Mendocino Art Center, Mago will be creating a series of installations that will combine the mediums of printmaking and ceramics.


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