Kayla Cloonan was born and raised in South Florida with a varying history of creative study including orchestral music, creative writing, film photography, mixed media, painting, installation and performance art. She received a B.F.A. in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2013. Since moving to Los Angeles, Kayla has presented in a myriad of group shows as an artist, curator and collaborator in a variety of alternative and established spaces including EN EM Art Space in Sacramento, Basic Flowers, LeiMin Space, Neutra Institute, Studio C Gallery, and Shoebox Projects in Los Angeles. As a member of the LA Art Association for the past couple years, Kayla has shown paintings, video installation and performance in Gallery 825. In May 2019, Kayla completed her first artist residency at Shoebox Projects, culminating three weeks of work in the space with a visual over-load of experimental mixed-media works and a powerfully personal performance piece entitled “Affection as Torture”. Kayla lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
I am a compilation of knowledge, experiences and beliefs being constantly broken up and rearranged throughout life’s unexpected turns. Everything that is now is what is past accumulated. A visual exploration of moments from my life, manifested through a visceral exploration of surface and material. The work explores the rhythm of my body moving in space, flailing in frustration, searching for meaning in past memories; information fragmented and compiled from the past to inform the present and fantasize of the future. The sensation of being in my body, of feeling the weight of existence on my chest. The beautiful chaos of it all: analyzed, deconstructed, reconsidered. A fascination with human inconsistencies and peripheral remnants of materials, marks and stains carrying bits of unspoken stories. Material has meaning. It is a constant discourse between happenstance and refinement. An intimate turmoil manifesting itself in many forms from painting to performance.