Kayla Mattes is a visual artist working across disciplines including weaving, sculpture and installation. She archives the ephemeral vernacular of digital culture through the interconnected threads of tapestry. She also works collaboratively in the socially engaged collective, BESTTEST. Recent exhibitions include Tiger Strikes Asteroid (Philadelphia, PA), Border Patrol Gallery (Portland, Maine), Guerrero Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Front/Space (Kansas City, MO), FISK Gallery (Portland, OR), and Hunter College (NYC). Her work has been featured in Sight Unseen, I-D, Creators, and Sculpture Magazine, and is included in the new book, Weavers: Contemporary Makers on the Loom, written by Katie Tregidden and published by Ludion. She received a BFA in Textiles at Rhode Island School of Design in 2011 and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
The F Word, (two-person exhibition with Elisa Ortega) Napa Hall Gallery, Cal State Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA— March 4th-April 4th, opening reception March 14th 6-8 pm
Temporary Clash, Art, Design & Architecture Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara, May 13-June 2nd, opening reception May 17th
Textiles Biennial, Museum Rijswijk, Rijswijk, Netherlands, June 18-October 6th, opening reception June 16th
ID Magazine- “Is Weaving Women’s Work?” by Zio Baritaux
Dezeen- “Six contemporary weavers who are bringing innovation to textile craft” by Amy Frearson