Sara Cardona is a Dallas-based artist who creates abstract collages and reliefs. These pieces, which often evoke organic shapes and forms, draw inspiration from colors and textures found in a diverse variety of media. Originally from Mexico City, Sara has spent the majority of her life in and around Dallas. After graduating from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, she spent a year at the Kansas City Art Institute before receiving her Bachelors from the University of Texas in Austin. Sara later received her MFA from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and completed a residency at the renowned Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She is currently completing a PhD in Aesthetic Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas. After fifteen years of teaching arts related courses at Richland College, Sara recently took on an arts administration role at Teatro Dallas.
Using the analog process of cut-and-paste collage, Sara Cardona’s works on paper are a nod to the tradition of assemblage and the pre-digital editing process of film. The forms created frequently suggest the presence of the human body and its absence as well. These forms represent the detritus of human movement across space and time, evolving and devolving into baroque and poetic forms.
“I like collage because it takes your mind “offline” a bit– I don’t have to think of an entire image from the beginning, but rather I let things suggest themselves to me. I do think about relationships between pieces and bigger picture ideas to unify a body of work– but when it comes to working in my studio, its somewhat like film editing– you are looking at all this “footage” and then composing. I don’t have an order to how I work– some days I am in a frame of mind to really work like a composer, moving things around, photographing them, doing a lot of looking and then pasting. But other days, I am in a state of mind or energy just to cut and go through magazines or print patterns off the internet and I feel more like a researcher– combing through visual artifact– amassing and cutting colors, images, patterns into piles that I work from later.”
– Sara Cardona, interview expert for UnfilteredSA, by Casie Lomeli, Nov 2018