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
2017 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
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 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 series as Worship Arts Minister.
I am interested in the way painting can act as a vehicle to process the responsibilities, struggles, experiences and deeply profound narrative of motherhood. Through making abstract works with painted acrylic and drawn pastel, I study the relationship between Mother and Artist, focusing on the tension and inspiration these two roles draw from one another in my life. I make connections between the process of organizing and building a beautiful painting and the process of mothering; pairing shapes together to form relationship as I build my own with my children, building an abstracted vocabulary as I reflect on words exchanged with them, structuring, tearing down and reworking painted forms while simultaneously growing as a parent. In much of my work, the Mother form is abstracted and pieced together through painterly but awkward shapes, resembling the way my body feels as a mother; strong but thin, lumpy and soft, burdened and yet, radiant. Looser, gestural marks are drawn with pastel and I consider these to represent the many untamed responses my body has when mothering; joyful trembling, outburst of rage, body shakes and surges of tender emotions.