“Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps
the ability to see beauty never grows old.”
Since 1997, Irene Carranza has been developing a significant body of work that is connected to the notion of feminine mystique. These pieces have been tales with allegorical references to death, beauty, innocence, wisdom and strength. She creates in a variety of media, including oil, acrylic, charcoal, and pastel on canvas, paper and wood. Her favorite is oil pastels.
Her story also appears in the two-volume coffee table set “Contemporary Chicana and Chicano Art”, a book chronicling emerging and established artists in the United States of Mexican descent. In this hallmark book, Irene’s art is described: “On the surface, Carranza’s works are about women. Certainly that is their subject matter – and it would be easy to avoid further interpretation simply because the women and the artworks are so lovely to behold. At a deeper level, however, her works are about issues that women face, and they pay tribute to the resilient feminine spirit… Although the artist depicts women in different ways – mostly traditional, some contemporary- she recognizes the complexity of their lives and ultimately portrays them as strong.”
“Perhaps no other Latina artist in Los Angeles is so visible and invisible at the same time. Perhaps no other is so commercially viable and not commercial. And perhaps no other artist is as important to the expression of being Latina in a multicultural world without treating the paintbrush as a political hammer.”
Ara Najarian, LatinoLA
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