Through the creation of abstract drawings, inspired by the arrangement of industrial material and the construction of architecture, my work explores the patterned repetition of our built landscape. Influenced by our physical and emotional relationships with space, I create deconstructed compositions and images using line, form and color, with a focus on structure, process and material. Color creates movement and references our natural world, while structural forms connect to our built environment, creating harmony through contrary forces, order without boredom. I build with line, constructing systems of form and pattern. The segmentation of these forms references our perception of the world around us, and its ultimate fragmentation. Amid lines and rectangles, form and color, new structures emerge – as perception interrupts reality, an obstructed view is completed.
Kara Skylling received her BFA in Fibers and Fabric Design from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in 2007. Her work has been shown at such venues as Carnegie Museum of Art, 707 Gallery, Kipp Gallery at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, The Mine Factory, and UnSmoke Systems. She was featured in the 2014 Pittsburgh Biennial and was an artist in residence for The Brew House Distillery program, Alloy Pittsburgh (a site-based art project and research laboratory developed for the Carrie Furnaces National Historic Landmark), and most recently at RUD-AIR in Laxarby, Sweden.
Image: Untitled, graphite and watercolor on paper, 14 x 17 inches, 2018