- Kolaya J Wilson -



Artist Bio:

Kolaya Wilson is an artist who currently practices creating, making, and intuitively designing, within the golden hills of California. Her work has been shown at the Lorin ‘68 and Karen Letendre Art Digital Gallery, University of California Long Beach GLAMFA, Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, UCSB’s Glassbox Gallery, The Chartreuse Muse, ASOM Gallery, and currently is featured in the digital ADA Museum Thesis Show 2021 Exhibition. Wilson is a graduating MFA Candidate of 2021 at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her BFA with an emphasis in Sculpture from the California State University, Stanislaus in 2018. She is a recipient of the Israel Levitan Fellowship and Lorin ‘68 and Karen Letendre Scholarship. Wilson also received a recent nomination for the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for the Year 2020-21 from her Art Department at UCSB.


Artist Statement:

I make moments, not centuries. I specifically select materials that are impermanent and fragile, and their inherent ephemerality causes the objects to degrade over time. These fleeting gestures force the viewer to confront the fragility and brevity of the lived experience. I utilize these materials to endorse my belief that our interactions with art are precious, fleeting, and sacred. The compilation of materials used within these works of art are familiar and relatable to the spectator. They feature paper, thread, and found objects that we engage with routinely, such as our mail, clothing, consumable products, and DIY projects.Through my recent collages, paintings, and video work, I attempt to unify these disparate media by creating an amalgam of gestures ranging from mark making, hand stitched patterns, and needle pricked mappings. By combining physical object making and digital video performance, I further investigate the engagement of domestic objects, recycled materials, and maternal archetypal narratives. I both wrestle with, and submit to, the practice of creating connections within the fiber callings of reclaimed materials, woven impressions, and gestural movements, and they help me uncover the mystery that shrouds the complex landscape of an abstract artistic assemblage.