artist statement

My need to create is fundamental. Duality, tension, nature, sex, death, gender play and sorrow are recurrent themes in my work. I am also motivated by the racial, cultural and class divisions I experienced growing up in the American Midwest in a Mexican American family. I visited Mexico often when I was young and we would drive all across the country side in a big Pontiac convertible. I have never forgotten the vivid colors that the Indians would wear, the Religious iconography and all the different markets selling art, food, jewelry & clothes all of it imbued with lustful color and imagination. I am compelled to express all of these things in my work. My intention is to create a landscape of philosophy and spirituality, which includes sadness and struggle, courage and strength.  

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Katherine Rey Samels

Brooklyn, NY

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