Graduate Alumni > Advanced Fiber Studio (Highlights)

Kayla Anderson (Fall 2013)
Kayla Anderson (Fall 2013)
"Excerpts From a Residual Atlas"
Silkscreen on felt, hand flocked with dryer lint, medium density fiberboard

Using a playful approach to methods of “excavation”, my work engages with cultural artifacts of the past in order to propose parallel worlds. I create spaces to inhabit where images from the past and present collide to form an alternate, often mythic reality. Through intricate installations involving video, sculpture, and found objects I challenge perceived boundaries between subject, object, and image. The work takes particular objects, taxonomies, and texts as points of departure and is often driven by an intuitive investigation into what actions or processes the source material requires. Positioning myself as a thing-among-things; I consider the objects and images I take inspiration from as collaborators; the work as a performance of our shared history. By exposing my own interactions with objects, the work sanctions a space for others to examine their experiences and associations with the inanimate.

Often I inhabit my work in the same capacity as my source material: as a reproduction. Using my image as a discreet element within the work, I gain the ability to both act on and be acted upon by other images. Thus, leveling the field between my body and the cultural artifacts I explore. I view this leveling of the borders between subject and object not as resignation to objectification, but as an alternative to the system that renders some subjects and others objects of society. Of equal importance within the work is a sense of mediation and play; it is often through the kitsch and uncanny that transcendence occurs. Through deliberate staging, I invite the viewer to question common assumptions about fact and fiction, musing and reality. Through making I propose a shift in our perception of objects as purely inanimate towards an acceptance of an object’s ability to transform and transport us and to interact in ways previously overlooked.