Monday, November 18, 2013
Kaila is a Klamath/Modoc woman named after the Klamath mythological character, G’eeLa (Ka-EE-La), who represents creation, the earth, and the land. She is a visual artist working with oil paint and various printmaking techniques using fabric, canvas, wood and reclaimed rocks. Her artistic expression and practice facilitates a personal journey of de-colonization, navigating indigenous identity and reclaiming ancestral knowledge. She explores images and symbols that represent an emergence of indigenous memories and expression, utilizing the strong visual languages of color, form, and abstraction on two-dimensional surface as well as expanding the visual experiences into architectural space through the orchestration of art objects. Kaila works as a mentor and teacher at the ‘A. Susana Santos: Journey’s in Creativity,’ tribal high-school youth art camp, exhibiting regionally, as well as donating artwork to numerous fundraisers that benefit the preservation and reclamation of Native American culture, land, and ceremonies. Farrell-Smith’s painting "The Wocus Gatherers" was juried into the exhibition 'In the Spirit: Contemporary NW Native American Art’ at the Washington History Museum, winning the 'Spirit of the Northwest' award for the 2013 exhibition. She received her BFA from Pacific NW College of Art in 2004, as a Dorothy Lemelson scholarship recipient and is currently a candidate in the second year of the MFA in Contemporary Art Practices Studio degree program at Portland State University.
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