Loss, healing, Mexican-Amercian heritage, and human relationships have shaped the body of Katrina Davis-Salazar's highly narrative work. Her current series of narrative portraits covers the introspection that occurs when one is recovering from trauma. The artist’s attempt to capture the moment of stillness that occurs immediately after a monumental personal or global jolt, often features two versions of a childlike self or angels fighting to heal the subject.
Davis-Salazar expresses conflict of emotions by using a mix of materials and layering imagery and heavy texture created by relief techniques. Materials include fabric, lace, paper, acrylic, canvas, wood, gel medium, and watercolor crayon. To capture both inner conflict and profound human strength in her final product, Davis-Salazar combines portraits with gripping stares, pop culture imagery, influences from her Mexican-American heritage, the mundane, and the sublime.
Davis-Salazar is a mixed media artist living and working in the Chicago area. She received her BFA from University of Kansas and her MFA from University of Colorado. Katrina is currently creating a large body of artwork, teaching art at College of Lake County, publicly exhibiting and creating murals, and caring for her family.