About the artist

I spend a lot of time thinking about the concept of birth, death, and regeneration and how that applies to most things that exist. Things like animals and plants who are born, die and then return to the soil to become a plant again. I once learned that nearly all of the elements within life were created within a star first and had to travel through many supernovas for us to come into existence. I love to think about how the charcoal I use to draw had to go through that same process. It was grown or “born” from a willow tree branch, burned, and then transformed into the physical material that I use to create my drawings. Additionally, within my work, I aim to highlight the fragility of nature within the hands of humans and the pursuit of healing our wounded earth.

Kayla Andrus