Catalina Aranguren has a background in photography, design and metal smithing, having earned her BFA at The School of the Art Institute in Chicago, and added studies at Spéos in Paris.
The work explores the relationship between perception and cognition. I don't set out to look for subjects. The texture, shape, or relation between subjects will instantly fascinate me, and I will in turn try to capture "the moment". With internal influences as diverse as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, James Turrell, Richard Avedon and Rembrandt, images are created from both the mundane and the fantastical, the light and the dark. Often times these themes are combined into images that force the viewer to explore for more detail, or to take a step back to understand "the full picture", depending on the viewer's cues of content and interpretation. The work tends to focus on either the irrelevant, pieces or fragments of our environment, or the indispensable: my children. At times, both merging and extracting opposing character. My work is about The Urban Jungle and our place in it, and light sets the tone of the conversation. Photography is such a different medium compared to painting. I take a picture of the layers already created by light and location - ideally these speak for themselves. Each person takes something a little different from the same image. I'm happy with that.
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