kayla mattes


Know Your Meme: Stitching Viral Phenomena, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose, CA, October 20th- January 12th
Cat-astrophe, Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, November 9th- December 21st, Opening reception: Nov 9th, 5-7 pm

instagram: @kaylamattes

b. 1989
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA


MFA University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
2011 BFA Textiles, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Solo Exhibitions

2019 Cat-astrophe, Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (forthcoming)
2016 Live Buy Build, FISK Gallery, Portland, OR

Selected Group Exhibitions (*two-person)

Crafting Democracy, The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, Ohio (forthcoming)
Know Your Meme: Stitching Viral Phenomena
, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA
Paradise Tossed, Keystone Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Textile Bienniale
, Museum Rijswijk, Rijswijk, Netherlands
Temporary Clash
, Art, Architecture & Design Museum, Santa Barbara, CA
The F Word, Napa Gallery, California State University, Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA*
Anatomy of a Mesh
, Tempus Projects, Tampa, FL
Pocket Object, 0-0, Los Angeles, CA
2018 Geometry, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia, PA
IN TANDEM, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA
LADYLIKE, Border Patrol Gallery, Portland, ME
Locals Only, Left Field Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA
Incendiary Devices, PØST, Los Angeles, CA
SHE-DEN, Red Barn Project Space, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
2017 Standard Deviation(s), Hunter College, New York, New York
I AM ERICA, UCLA New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Shape of Things: an Interpersonal Circumplex, Front/Space, Kansas City, MO*
Standard Incomparable, Kunst Meran, Merano Arte, Italy, (organized by Helen Mirra)
Got it For Cheap, Athens (Athina Art Fair), Vancouver (Macaulay & Co), NYC (The Hole), Oslo (Rod Bianco
Gallery), LA (0-0), Atlanta (Atlanta Contemporary)
2016 Everything Real, Hap Gallery, Portland, OR
Portland 2016 Biennial: The Studio Visits, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland, OR
ltd wear, LVL3, Chicago, IL
Standard Incomparable, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA, (organized by Helen Mirra)
Paint by Number, Studio 24, Leeds, UK
Local Tide, S1, Portland, OR
Color Space, Compound Gallery, Portland, OR
Over Spun, Mist Gallery, online exhibition
SHE WOLF, Present Works Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

Selected Bibliography

2020 New American Paintings, No. 145, Pacific Coast Issue
Decker, Juilee and Mandell, Hinda. Crafting Democracy: Fiber Arts and Activism. Rochester, RIT Press.
Swinkels, Dorothé, “Webtapijten, (Web Carpets)”, Textiel Plus Magazine, issue 248, (pgs 36-38)
2018 Frearson, Amy. “Six Contemporary Weavers Who Are Bringing Innovation to Textile Craft”, Dezeen, Oct. 9th.
Tregidden, Katie. Weaving: Contemporary Makers on the Loom. (pgs 202-209), Antwerp, Ludion Publishers. Sept 27.
Baritaux, Zio. “Is Weaving Women’s Work?”, i-D Magazine, Sept. 5th.
2017 Raab, Annie. “Made in the Middle: Art in the Crossroads of Kansas City”. Sculpture Magazine. September, print and online.
Salomone, Andrew. “This Personality Quiz Will Figure Out Your Shape” The Creators Project. Feb. 10.
2016 Williamson, Iris. Catalogue: Everything Real. Hap Gallery. Portland, Oregon.
Burns, Emily. “Q & A with Kayla Mattes”. Maake Magazine. Issue 2, Spring.
"Weaver Kayla Mattes". Oregon Public Broadcasting: Art Beat”. Produced by Laura Dickson-Bernards, initial air date Feb. 11.
2015 Shapiro, Deborah. “Portland Textile Artist Kayla Mattes”. Sight Unseen. June 16.
O’Meara, Kristi and Audrey Victoria Keiffer. The Patternbase: Over 550 Contemporary Textile and Surface Designs. London, Thames & Hudson. June 16.
2014 "Looks: Kayla Mattes", LVL3 Media. Feb. 10.
2012 Mellor, Alexia. "A {Digital} Stitch in Time. Found, Sampled, Stolen–Strategies of Appropriation in New Media”. Media-N Journal of New Media Caucus. vol. 8.
Carlsson, Anders and A. Bill Miller "Future Potentials for ASCII ART”. Computer Art Congress 3, presented in Paris, France, Nov.
Nicolas, Morgain. “Kayla Mattes: The Child from the 90’s”. WAD Magazine. Paris, France. May.
Knowledge, Prosthetic. "Computed Fashion". Rhizome. August 7.
Peterson, Christian. ”Maze Series”, I WANT YOU MAGAZINE. Issue 7. Spring.


Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
2016 W.A.R.P. Residency, The Weaving Mill, Chicago, IL
2014 LPP+ Residency, Little Paper Planes, San Francisco, CA

Awards, Grants and Fellowships

Levitan Fellowship, UC Santa Barbara, Art Department, Santa Barbara, CA
2018 Macy Family Graduate Fellowship, UC Santa Barbara, Art Department, Santa Barbara, CA
Career Opportunity Grant, Oregon Arts Commission, Salem, OR
2016 Working Artist Organization Grant, April
Project Grant, Regional Arts & Culture Council Portland, OR

Visiting Artist and Lectures

2018 Visiting Critic, Art Department, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA
2016 September Visiting Artist & Instructor, Envision Arts Studio, The Weaving Mill, Chicago, IL
Lecture, Fiber Department, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Visiting Critic, MFA Winter Reviews, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR


SFMOMA Library and Archives
Working Artist Organization