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Special Visual Art Exhibit

“Interwoven”
Kat Carmona, Artist

Interwoven currently showcases over 108 three dimensional looms that have been sealed within the work by the fuzzy fluorescent fabric that is formed on their surfaces. This work employs the use of a technique that Carmona created in 2020 that mirrors a traditional textile making practice of the indigenous Tzotzil Maya people of San Juan Chamula located in Chiapas, Mexico. This process was born after the pandemic out of a necessity to continue creating without access to the university or its facilities.

A wire armature is created that acts as a three dimensional loom on which a net is woven as an initial structure for the hand tufted fabric that is formed on the surface of each sculpture. Through the use of fluorescent dyes and pigments, these sculptures not only reflect but also emit their own light. The reaction happening within the fibers of each ball as the UV light interacts with the fluorephores present in the dyes causes them to glow. Each fluorephore that comes into contact with the UV light will absorb a photon and enter an unsustainable state of excitement, the fluorophore will then emit the photon at a lower frequency than it was absorbed at, causing the emission of visible light. Because the glowing is a constant reaction that we are observing, eventually, years from now, it will no longer happen. In their excited state the fluorophores are highly reactive and can bond to other materials around them causing an irreversible quenching of the glowing reaction. These harmful reactions are inevitable but are sped up by prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, oils from hands, and oxygen rich environments.

Kat Carmona is an emerging Mexican-American artist who uses her artwork as a means of regulation through extreme meditative repetition. She received her bachelors degree in studio art with an emphasis in sculpture at Texas Tech University. Her range of fluffy works employ the use of a technique that she developed while studying at Texas Tech. After graduation Kat continued to create fluffy works using this method, and began exhibiting her works locally in Lubbock, TX. While living in Lubbock, Carmona worked closely with the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts. She is currently based in Houston, Texas.

46th Annual
Lubbock Arts Festival

April 13-14, 2024
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center
1501 Mac Davis Lane
Lubbock, Texas 79401

Hours

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Admissions

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$5 in advance online
$7 at the door
Children 12 and under admitted FREE with adult