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Carmen Menza | Translating Light

Date: Apr 04 - June 25, 2022
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Carmen Menza is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice spans video, light based work, painting, music and immersive public art installations. Her work with LEDs, acrylic, pigment, glass and mirrored materials react to surrounding light and create a subtle activation and interaction with viewers. She concentrates her practice in works that utilize light as a medium, whether harnessing natural light or LED light to activate materials with various degrees of opacity and transparency. Her work is often centered on concepts of time and space and our relationship to it. She has a long professional history of working in video with the moving image having been an artist and editor in television. In her sculptural light boxes she uses materials with high reflective properties that reflect and refract the light as you move across them. They are tiny worlds, skyscrapers or the pages of a book unfolding before you. As you move across the work from one angle to another the light and materials animate. “I like to think of these works as a continuation of my work in the moving image field.” Her light based work is part of the art collection at UTSW, Clements University Hospital, Dallas, TX and the McKinney Avenue Contemporary Museum in Dallas, TX. She has exhibited with the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Aurora Light & Sound Biennial and Carneal Simmons Contemporary Art, Dallas, TX. She is a TACA 2019 New Works Fund Grant recipient, a Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, Arts Activate Grant 2019 recipient, a former Cedars Union Artist Residency recipient, a Virginia Commission for the Arts, Project Grant New Works recipient and a founding member of Texas Vignette, a non-profit organization that promotes the arts by providing support, education and connection to women in the arts in Texas. She received her BFA in jazz guitar performance from the University of North Texas.
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