Artist: Carmina Correa
Exhibition: A Beach in Symmetry; A Breach in Symmetry
Media: Sugar water and corn syrup, construction grade, acoustic film, found objects
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
This week I had the pleasure of meeting Carmina Correa. The exhibit is actually a collaboration between three artists, Sam, Nick, and Carmina; however, only Carmina was present at the time. She is currently a 4th year undergrad and is working on getting her BFA in Sculpting. She had two pieces within the exhibit which she referred to as the “Confession Booth” and the “Sugar” piece.
The overall exhibit is a collaboration of mutual interests. It was a non degree show meaning that they didn’t need to put on an exhibit as part of a class, they did it because they wanted to share their pieces and ideas. The “sugar” piece is made out of sugar, water, and corn syrup and the “confession booth” was made out of construction material and acoustic film. Inside of the confession booth was a variety of stuffed animals and religious items, like the Santo Nino.
The theme of this exhibit was had to deal with challenges that Carmina has had to go through. Carmina is a Type 2 diabetic and that can be why the sugar piece was created. She wanted to take harder topics and make them more comfortable and easier to face. She strategically placed her confession booth in the corner of the exhibit away from the door because in church, the confession booth is always off to the side and hidden. It took her a while to put her pieces together but it took them months to come up with a central theme.
When Carmina spoke about her struggles with diabetes and the motive behind her sugar piece, it reminded me of one of my best friends who is also diabetic. I thought it was very interesting and awesome for Carmina to use her art to voice her struggles with the illness. Although I am not catholic, I found the confession booth very different because I have never been in one.