As a multidisciplinary artist, I explore notions of home and place. I respond to architecture and site to reflect on personal histories and on my own immigrant experience. My practice uses the act of inhabiting as a starting point, working within a space and its cultural, economic, and personal context as a material. I work at a human scale and in relationship to how my body inhabits space.
I connect to each site through personal experience. It is very important for me to inhabit the space in order to understand how my body and my personal associations can converse with the site. Architecture for me exists apart from the physical structure, in familial myth, in class structures, in shapes, and as an imprint acting upon the body. My interest in the shape of spaces and in the layout as a visual language for expression developed in childhood from looking at my father’s architectural drawings of houses he wanted to build.
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Carmen Argote’s artistic practice is a response and conversation brought about through the process of inhabiting a space and responding. The concept, the form, everything, comes out of the way in which her body and personal history can connect with the site. For Argote, the effect of the architectures around her and their values are felt upon her body. As a multidisciplinary artist, Argote moves through materials and media. Her art practice is consistent in its focus and inconsistent in its appearance. Argote makes art because she believes in the resonance of the visual. Argote believes in art’s ability to convey the more abstract, to point to ways of seeing and understanding outside of language. For Argote, art is felt in the body, it does not need to be understood.
Enjoying the discourse and dwelling on the poetics of the queering of the everyday is what drives her visual searches. It is the only freedom she can take.