Interview with Kayla Plosz

Could you give us a brief introduction to who you are and what kind of work you make?
I’m a Canadian born artist who recently moved to Northern Virginia with my husband and son. I make paintings primarily. I think color is what drives me to paint. I love the weirdness of color; how there is a limitless number of possibilities. Individual colors evoke highly particular emotional responses, which are further complicated by their arrangement. The various combinations, the personalities of the colors, determine whether what results is harmonious or jarring. I am interested in this playfulness of manipulating and arranging color. My paintings are abstract but I’m interested in impure abstraction—where I can involve things like automatic and associative drawing or stream of consciousness. My paintings sometimes dabble in suggestive representation but are non-committal. 

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?
I love R&F oil pigment sticks. They are like luxury crayons for adults. And they come in such amazing colors.

What types of obstacles have you run into in your artistic practice and how do you go about navigating around them?
My biggest obstacle right now is having a big enough space to do what I want to do. I’m in between “studios” right now so I work both at home and at a school that I teach part time at. It puts some constraints on both scale and how messy I can be while working.

What do you feel are the recurring themes in your visual work?  
I often reference a lot of common objects that sometimes get totally obscured but they’re there.

Is there a particular artist you feel you relate to? Who are your role models (artists or non-artists)?
Some favorites are Jessica Stockholder, Amy Sillman, Thomas Nozkowski and currently Sydney Licht’s still life paintings. 

What is the best piece of artistic advice you’ve been given?
Make a lot of work. 

Untitled (Magenta Fort) Oil and acrylic on panel 12 x 12 in.

Untitled (Magenta Fort)
Oil and acrylic on panel
12 x 12 in.

Raquet (Pink Tape) Oil and acrylic on panel 8 x 10 in.

Raquet (Pink Tape)
Oil and acrylic on panel
8 x 10 in.

Oil Can Oil and acrylic on panel 8 x 10 in.

Oil Can
Oil and acrylic on panel
8 x 10 in.

Untitled Oil and acrylic on panel 8 x 10 in.

Untitled
Oil and acrylic on panel
8 x 10 in.