I find it critical to expose the agency of non-human objects and materials in order to begin to decipher universal discussions similar to those surrounding the mounting pressures of the Anthropocene. I attempt to segment issues you cannot directly see or touch, by creating work that explores tactile relatability and human activation. Although I use an environmental lens to provoke questions of materiality and hierarchy, I do not consider my artwork to be a form of activism because it presents questions, not answers.
Much of my work involves large amounts of physical labor. Over time, this has given me an outlet to direct my feelings of guilt towards. It allows me to focus this overwhelming emotion into one specific act. I feel there should be a consequence for the negative impact I have on earth--I incur that punishment through manual labor where I create work of and for the natural world. Since I cannot put a face or name to the primary exploiters of our planet, I see this reaction as a sort of penance for our society’s lack of action. I take this shame upon myself. Consider this work an incomplete apology from maker to material.
Stylistically, my sculpture plays with the power of function versus aesthetic. The work does not function as it is perceived to function, but it looks utilitarian. I tend to organize my work in a rational, human way where the incorporated natural elements are being controlled, compressed or contained. By blurring the line between utilitarian and frivolous, these forms serve as a platform to host critical dialogue regarding power, value and trust.
Kylie Little is an artist best known for sculpture and installation. She was born in 1994 in Goshen, Indiana and graduated from University of Indianapolis in 2016 with a BS in Studio Art and Pre-Art Therapy. Kylie creates using a variety of materials but favors wood, metal and other naturally occurring elements, such as water and soil. Her work has been exhibited at Swan Coach House Gallery, Indianapolis Art Center, Temporary Art Center and the Kyoto International Community House.
She is currently living and working in Atlanta, Georgia and is an MFA candidate at Georgia State University.