Kayla Cloonan was born and raised in South Florida. She received her B.F.A. in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2013. Her first solo exhibition was self-curated at Indigo Sky Community Gallery in Savannah, Georgia. Entitled “non-verbal,” the show included paintings, drawings, sculptures and a live performance. Previous representation at EN EM Art Space in Sacramento, CA. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
It’s all about response – reaction. It’s about reacting to a previous mark. It begins with the immediate mark, no matter what it’s based on whether it be pure automatic drawing, instant feeling, instinctual motion, quick hand gesture. It’s about action, most importantly the combination of action and later re-action. Re-action to mark, to color, to thickness of line, to occurrence of shape. There is something fascinating about the perception of shape among seemingly meaningless and disjointed marks on a surface. My work undergoes a process best described as excavation. A constant covering and uncovering, an image folded and masked and thus transformed through flat or sculptural means. That exploration of material and layers create a history of mark. White attempts to conceal mistakes, stitching attempts to bind them. Carving reveals beneath and shallow pencil marks play on the surface. It is a constant discourse between happenstance and refinement.
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