MFA Visual Arts, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH, 2017
BA Studio Art, Houghton College, Houghton, NY, 2012
BS Communications Media & Visual Arts, Houghton College, Houghton, NY, 2009
2018 Open Gallery, Nashville, TN
2017 Show & Tell Art Show, Sullivan's Island, SC
Thesis Exhibition, Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough, NH
Recent Works, w/ Brice & Egan Snow, Lee Academy for the Arts, Paris, TN
2012 Thesis Exhibition, Houghton College, Houghton, NY
2010 Relatives, w/ Dave Huth, The Fountain Gallery, Belmont, NY
2009 Senior Thesis Show, Houghton College, Houghton, NY
2018 January residency, A.I.R. Paducah, Paducah KY
Podcast interview with Elise Gets Crafty
Mother Maker Interview
Coffee & Crumbs Artist Interview
In my work painting acts as a vehicle to process the narrative of motherhood. I parallel the action of painting- structuring, tearing down, and reworking- with the process of mothering. My color palette is drawn from my environment, filled with fleshy tones, preschool primary colors, and those referencing gendered identities. The abstracted forms mirror the way my body feels as a mother; some are soft and fleshy, drip and appear swollen or lucid, are burdened and radiant. Some are translucent, reflecting the ways in which I feel permeable to my children. Visible rainbows or inverted wombs stand as hopeful symbols of carrying, comforting, inclusion. Loose, gestural marks drawn with acrylic and pastel represent the many untamed responses my body has when mothering; joyful trembling, outburst of rage, body shakes and surges of tender emotions.
Kaylan is an artist living and working in rural Tennessee. An avid gardener and dedicated locavore, she tends a flock of chickens with her Great Pyrenees, Gesso, and enjoys watching birds, reading books and drinking her husband's home brewed kombucha or beer in their historic house. Kaylan has two children, Finley Reynolds (age 5) and River Rae (age 1) and paints about the painful and joyful perspective of mothering, using abstraction as a framework for processing the complexities of her identity as a mother & artist. Kaylan is an active member of her community, teaches art and intentional living classes at her local art center and she and her husband lead music weekly at their church where Kaylan serves as Worship Arts Minister.