Photo of Irene Carvajal

Event Information

Date & Time
October 24, 2016 - 4:15pm
Assembly Room
584 Capistrano Way Bechtel International
94305 Stanford , CA
California US

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Artist's Salon featuring Irene Carvajal


The Clayman Institute's Fall Artist's Salon welcomes Irene Carvajal, a¬†multidisciplinary Costa Rican-American artist. In garments and garment culture Irene Carvajal found the object with which she could communicate her ideas about the pressure of globalized culture towards local culture. Clothing is both personal and universal, human and de-humanizing, utilitarian and decorative. Garments and our interaction with them became a metaphor for globalization and its ripple effect. When seen as more than just clothing, garments become something full of social meaning ‚ÄĒ historic, political and cultural weight modifies and transforms the ubiquitous object into something larger. By eliminating the body and submitting the mass produced garment to the physical pressures of the printing press, Irene seeks to explore these complex social and economic pressures.

Using a combination of printmaking, sculpture, found objects, technology and viewer participation Irene creates installations that at once seem both familiar and unexpected.

The Artist's Salon event is open and free to the Stanford community. Click here if you would like to attend.


    • Lecturer, Stanford University
    Irene Carvajal is a multidisciplinary Costa Rican-American artist and her art practice includes printmaking, collage, sculpture and installation. Irene has exhibited in the United States, Japan and Costa Rica. Thematically her work touches on colonialism, labor, feminism, value, and mass production. She worked on her BFA at the University of Costa Rica and the University of Kansas and her MFA, with an emphasis in...