UTSA Grad Explores Mental Landscapes by Steve Bennet SA Express-News

  UTSA Grad Explores Mental Landscapes

Artist trusted her gut when creating expressive works in Bismarck Studios Contemporary Art Gallery show.

By Steve Bennett

El Salto by Daniela Sacramento

In the spring of 2010, as she put the finishing touches on her art degree at  the University  of Texas at San Antonio, Daniela Sacramento Cardenas immersed herself in “Esencias,” a series of figurative portraits of people in her life that  nonetheless reflected “not so much their physical aspects as their essences.”

The 24-year-old Matamoros native’s art has continued to evolve dramatically  over the past year and a half — “A moment in my life of a lot of change,” she  says — and those shifts of personal seismology are registered in a new series of  mental landscapes fittingly called              “Transición(Transition).”

“These are self-portraits,” Sacramento says, breaking into a smile. “This  series is selfishly all about me.”

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