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Carlson Has Work Selected for Cincinnati Gallery

Kayla Carlson

May 16, 2014: Kayla Carlson, a May graduate of Clarke University, has had her work selected for the 10th annual Rites of Passage exhibit at the Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio. Kayla, who was a valedictorian at Clarke’s 2014 commencement, is a resident of Maquoketa, Iowa.

A jury process for this competitive exhibit resulted in the final selection including 12 works by 10 artists from 10 different colleges to be displayed in the Main Gallery. Gallery officials received 303 entries from 130 artists for this project. The exhibit will be displayed from May 30 to June 27.

An excerpt from Kayla’s artist’s statement follows:

“My goal in this work is to recreate the sense of anxiety that I feel in response to uncertainties that exists in the world and bring attention to our most impressionable citizens. Through the lens of a mother’s perception, I explore the inevitable awareness and uncertainty that children experience in contemporary society. With the pervasiveness of direct and indirect violence, it is not a question of if, but how you have been impacted by violence. When and where it will come from next? Will you be able to protect yourself; your family? Through these questions, I am exploring contemplations of whether and how I can protect my own children.

Carlson painting

“I used strong perspective and scale to emphasize the importance of the subjects in these paintings. The voyeuristic point of view emphasizes their vulnerability and forces the viewer to share in the same insecurity as the subjects. The woman’s ambiguous expression and darkened sky create an anxious attentiveness; while the woman and child, at one point, seem to detect the viewer. I created this movement from painting to painting to suggest a lack of understanding; is the threat coming from above or below? Is there even a threat?”

For more information, contact the Clarke University Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.

Clarke University is a Catholic, liberal arts and sciences university dedicated to preparing students who positively impact their workplace, family and community. Academic offerings include more than 40 undergraduate liberal arts and pre-professional programs, a robust adult degree program and six graduate degree programs.  Founded in 1843 by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Clarke is located near the Mississippi River in the thriving city of Dubuque, Iowa. It is the only BVM university in the country.


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