Makeya Kaiser


Collage is an art form with many uses. Makeya Kaiser (b. 1981) states, in a blog-post about her recent foray into cutting and arranging images, that collage offers “a new way to think about my painting.” This engagement with the process of a new medium shows her as an artist willing to take risks, and one who examines and analyzes her work and practice. Kaiser’s drawings are often made from discreet circles, outlined in black, delicately colored, and set in wavering rows. They are mysterious and beautiful and exemplify her statement “I like the spaces around the shapes.” Yet her paintings, though they employ a similar pointillist technique, show little concern for negative space, with the circles crowding and pushing around over a busily washed background. Her move toward collage shows a break with mark marking and a new concern with form and its arrangement into a composition. The transformations that a collage can undergo, while still remaining impermanent and subject to revision, have had a profound impact on her work, and thoughts, as an artist. The contemplation of a collage’s many stages is an education in itself, if the artist is sensitive, dedicated, and a little bit mischievous. Luckily, these traits define Makeya Kaiser’s work and demeanor. What her newest pieces will look like is anyone’s guess, but they will surely be as fabulous, thoughtful, and poetic as her account of color theory: “If you mix green into red you get a color like leaves.”

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