Paintings by Kayla White
On Exhibit at the Inn at Lynden through June 2017
About the Artist
Kayla White grew up in the Methow Valley, WA and the outdoors and the history of the Cascade region have been a large source of inspiration for her work. She earned her M.F.A from Washington State University and has been included in various shows in the Northwest and participated in a nine month artist residency at Twispworks, in Twisp, WA. Her work explores ideas of home, histories and community. She is curious about finding connections between seemingly disparate ideologies. During the summers she farms with her husband in Carlton, WA.
Through painting, printmaking, textiles and sculpture I build layers of stories. At the forefront is the story of the artist whose hand is evident in each of the blunt carvings of the woodblock and the paint brush strokes. The materials I choose have a definite physicality to them and reflect a tactile and sensual interaction. There is a dialogue between this corporeal and physical relationship with the art materials and the way people experience their environment through work and play.
The imagery in my work reflects history and community and the way they are tied together through time and space. Particularly, I explore the stories that are handed down from one generation to the next, like invisible threads that connect people through the retelling these stories morph into something larger than life. I play with the line that separates what is considered traditional or modern, past or present by incorporating old photographs and classic materials such as quilting and oil paint. These techniques allow the images and objects created to be simultaneously old and new, the same way communities and the natural world are built upon the past, but are continually evolving.
The action of weaving, reconstructing, and building very literally with materials, figuratively with narrative, and abstractly through the viewer is the driving force behind my multi-media process. Humans are constantly and simultaneously creating and destroying. This non-linear cycle of progression is reflected in the way I cut, rearrange, and put back together images and material. In this very basic way, we are similar to nature: it destroys and renews, adapts and changes.
Exhibits at the Inn
In 2016, the Jansen Art Center partnered with the Inn at Lynden to create more opportunities for regional artists to display their work in downtown Lynden.
The Exhibits Coordinator at the J, Karen Bacon, works with the staff at the Inn to curate artwork to be on exhibit throughout the common areas of the hotel. The artwork changes every four months and is available for purchase through the Jansen Art Center Gallery Shop.
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