26 August 2014

Karla Black

The first time I came across the Turner Prize-nominated artist Karla Black was in the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow. The piece being exhibited was a very large sand sculpture that filled the entire room, with cellophane dangling down above in various fragile shapes, the whole thing faintly shimmering with eye-shadow and other feminine cosmetics that Black re-appropriates as art materials for her work. Since then I have come across her work a couple more times, and after looking into what she does a bit more, I think she is now probably one of my favourite artists. The use of colour and fragility that characterises her work is so beautiful; I can imagine they make you feel like you are on another pastel-hued planet.