Kayla Cloonan was born and raised in South Florida, beginning visual experimentation in film photography. Kayla received a B.F.A. in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2013. Kayla’s most recent solo exhibition was at Shoebox Projects in Los Angeles, CA, a culmination of an artist residency in the space May 2019. Kayla has presented in a variety of group shows across the U.S. including a duo exhibition at EN EM Art Space in Sacramento, CA. Previous representation at EN EM Art Space. LA Art Association artist. Kayla lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Artist Statement

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.


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