Before I was interested in recreating places from familiar landscape based images, the movement of athletes was an interest of mine.
Football Player, Sheet Metal, 2011
In 2011 I started a series of lightboxes where the process of reconstructing an image began to be the main idea of my practice. I also enjoyed the idea that my art pieces can have a functional(electrical) aspect, that can be enjoyed in two different perspectives, light on or not. This becomes the viewers choice.
I would like to go back to this series in the near future.
A Fishing Trip, Sheet Metal and Plexi Glass, Gel Medium and Acrylic Paint(light box), 26″ x 36″, 2011
A Walk in the Bush, Sheet Metal and Plexiglass, Gel Medium and Acrylic Paint, 36″ x 26″, 2011
The Sugar Shack, Sheet Metal and Plexiglass, Gel Medium and Acrylic Paint, Barn Wood, 6″ x 12″, 2011
Lorimer Lake Sunset, Plexiglass, Gel Transfer, 8″ x 10″, 2011
Across the Field , Sheet Metal and Plexiglass, Gel Medium and Acrylic Paint, 8″ x 10″, 2011
Kaylyn was born and raised in Hagersville, Ontario. Her love for this rural environment and for Canadian landscape has lead her to convey this emotion through art. Kaylyn received her undergraduate degree from McMaster University for Studio Art and Art History in 2013 and hopes to further artistic education in the future. Before attending university Kaylyn’s main medium was painting with acrylics. However, she has found a new passion in welding; where metal has become her new canvas. Kaylyn has begun showing her work in Hamilton and surrounding areas throughout the past year. Her most current exhibits were located at The McMaster Museum of art for her graduating art show, the Members Show at the Artist Inc in Hamilton, Ontario, and The Desmond Juried Art exhibition and sale in Ridge town, Ontario. She is currently working as a Fitter for a Fabrication company, Walters Group Inc., where she is finding a career in working with metal. She hopes that the skills and process she uses daily will inspire her to complete new projects and will influence her artistic practice and her appreciation for the material.
My Paintings are usually inspired by places and things that I am very familiar with and have grown up with. These include my cottage, my hometown and fast pitch. In a lot of my paintings I find that I love to play with colour in order to enhance my experience with the painting and hope that the viewer will have the same reaction towards it.
Mac Tier Rapids, Acrylic Paint, 20″ x 20″, 2013
Walk in The Clover Field, Acrylic Paint on Plexi Glass, 24″ x 22″, 2012
Play Ball, Acrylic Paint, 18″ x 24″, 2011
Out on First, Acrylic Paint, 24″ x 22″, 2011
Bench Time, Acrylic Paint, 18″ x 24″, 2011
Fishing Trip, Acrylic Paint, 30″ x 36″ 2011
Lomier Lake Colours, Acrylic Paint, 18″, 36″, 2011
Cottage Chairs, Acrylic Paint, 36″x 30″, 2011
Heat of the Game, Acrylic Paint, 36″ x 30″, 2011
Sweet Victory or Bitter Defeat, Acrylic Paint, 36″ x 30″ 2011
Maple Syrup Bucket, Acrylic Paint, 2010
Sisters, Acrylic Paint, 22″ x 24″ 2010
It’s A Good Day For Maple Trees and Evergreens, Sheet Metal and Spray Painted Metal, 5′ x 3′ x 16″, 2013
Detailed shots of It’s A Good Day For Maple Trees and Evergreens
Cottage Colours, Sheet Metal and Spray Painted Metal, 2013 Submission and winner of The York Wilson Student Competition
The Wake, Sheet Metal and Spray painted Metal, 27″ x 27″, 2013(left) & Off the Bank, Sheet Metal and Spray Painted Metal, 35″ x 43″ (right)
Across The Lake, Sheet Metal and Spray Painted Metal, 36″ x 26″, 2012
The Lonely Evergreen, Sheet Metal and found Metal, 22″ x 22″, 2012
Lost in the Forest, Sheet Metal and found metal, 12″ x 12″, 2012
Twisted Trees, Sheet Metal, 20″ x 24″, 2012
2015 Diploma, Welding & Fabrication Program, Mohawk College
2013 Honors B.A, Art and Art History, McMaster University
2015 Nov 11 till Jan 7-2016- Recollections, Old Town Hall, Waterford, Ontario
2014 July 19th-30th- Desmond Juried Art Exhibition and Sale, University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus, Ridgtetown, Ontario
2014 April till July 10th– Art in the Workplace, 14th Exhibit and Spring Collection, McMaster Innovation Park, Hamilton, Ontario
2013 April-Bookmarkers, SUMMA McMaster University Graduating Show, McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, Ontario
2013 January till April- Group Show in the Presidents Corridor, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
2012 December till January- Bookmarkers, Chapter 1 Show, Upper James Toyota, Hamilton, Ontario
2012 November- Hamilton Artist Inc Annual Members show, Artist Inc, Hamilton, Ontario
2012 November- Anual River Arts Festival, Haldimand Art Works, Dunville, Ontario
2012 October 26th – Leadership and Learning Student Exhibit, Luina Station, Hamilton, Ontario
2012 January- Veritaz Freedom Exhibit, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
2012 February-The Balloon Hoax, McMaster University Student Show, Baltimore House, Hamilton, Ontario
2013 York Wilson Foundation for the Visual Arts Undergraduate Student Award
2012 Marauder Scholar Award for achievement in academics and sports at McMaster University
2012 Third place People’s Choice Award for Veritaz Freedom exhibit at McMaster University
Employment/ Work Experience
March 2014-Present Immigrant Culture and Art Association Hamilton, Ontario Drawing and Painting Art Instructor
January 2013-April 2013 Hamilton Artists Inc Hamilton, Ontario
-Assisting with set up and dismantle of exhibits, events and artist talks, while
working with the artists.
-Inputting data into spreadsheets, including membership, and exhibit
-Being part of a jury for exhibit submissions.
-Assisting with event and exhibit planning, and promotion.
-Monitoring gallery and attending to visitors needs, while reciprocating
knowledge regarding the gallery and exhibits.
January 2013-April 2013 McMaster University, SOTA Hamilton,Ontario Sculpture Teacher’s Assistant
-Assisting with set up and clean up of class, while assisting with technical
demonstrations during class.
-Holding office hours in my studio in order to consult and assist with students
-Assisting with midterm and final marking of projects.
May 2012-present Hamilton Artist Inc
September 2012-present McMaster Museum of Art
Gallery Supervision and Docent Training
I am inspired by the world around me and by the places that I have an intense emotional response or attachment to. My imagery mainly references cottage country and rural areas. I intend to create an embodied experience with my art, where the viewer and myself are able to become emotionally involved in and around my work. I hope to achieve this by using vibrant colours, diverse textures, and layered materials that invite the viewer to investigate my pieces.
I am interested in pushing the boundaries of how to piece an image together and what is constituted as a painting verses a sculpture. My work is mainly constructed from cut and welded metal, but I often incorporate painting, which was my original passion. I found myself instantly drawn to the process of working with metal because of its physical aspect, for I spent most of my childhood as an athlete. My process involves blood, sweat and bodily exhaustion that consumes me in my art and hopefully engages the viewer. With metal I am able to intensify painterly aspects with the use of different welding techniques to create colour and textures in my pieces. Furthermore, the metal functions as my new canvas allowing me to push the emotional experience with my art further. I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Art History at McMaster University in April of 2013, and I am now looking to further my artistic education while practicing as an artist.