Nominated by The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Kayla Anderson is an interdisciplinary artist and writer who works mostly in site-specific media-based installation and animation. Using a playful approach to methods of “excavation,” Anderson’s work engages with cultural artifacts in order to propose parallel worlds. She creates spaces to inhabit where images from the past and present collide to form an alternate, often mythic reality. Intricate installations involving video, sculpture, and found objects, propose a shift in our perception of objects as purely inanimate towards an acceptance of an object’s ability to transform and transport us and to interact in ways previously overlooked. Additionally, technology acts as a device to translate her own body and the historical images investigated into a virtual realm where performer and image can act on one another through animation and post-production. The work begins with animation and extends outwards into encompassing environments, resulting in multiple—often fractured and erratic—narratives positioned within a single site. Kayla is a recent graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.