The beautiful and cheerfully patterned works in today’s post are by Kayla Plosz Antiel, who lives and works in the DC metro area, and has an interest in exploring texture and color through painting. I was drawn to the way she incorporates textile design into some of her work, adding a domestic yet non-objective quality that is at once comforting and exuberant. To get a better idea of what her practice is like, and how she got started, I asked her some questions about her process and what inspires her:
What initially spurred your interest in painting?
I was drawn to the medium because I love color. It’s messy and fun to manipulate but also has a rich history and tradition that I get to partake in.
Do you have any influences such as other artists, mentors, or styles?
Amy Sillman is an important influence—the way she works with color and form and her description of process painting have been influential to me. I’m also influenced by late 19th and early 20th century French painters. Lately I’ve been drawn to traditional folk art, textile work, and also contemporary minimalist painting.
Your work is starting to take cues from, as well as movie into textile; how has it influenced your paintings?
There’s a tradition of quilting in my family. I’m implementing and deconstructing traditional quilt patterns and embroidery samples into my paintings. I’m thinking of my paintings more as color and pattern piece work. I’m also making small textile works that I’m putting into conversation with paintings.
What are some of your biggest challenges that you have faced or currently face as an artist?
I have a two year old son and have been painting primarily out of home the past two years. It’s challenging but inspiring me to think about art differently. I’m in a domestic space and maybe that’s part of why I’ve been exploring textiles. I’ve been finding ways to bring things from my surroundings into my art. Having children has made me think about my lineage, about tradition or connecting to the past in both a familial and artistic sense. I’ve been much more deliberate in self-consciously fashioning myself as an artist.
What would you say is your greatest triumph, success, or “favorite” moment you’ve experienced so far as an artist?
I think the triumph is in working; it’s in being able to continue painting.
If you could ask any question to anyone, who would it be and what would you ask?
I’d ask James Joyce something about Ulysses for my husband—he’s obsessed…
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