I find it critical to expose the agency of non-human objects and materials in order to begin to decipher the discussions 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. 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 does not claim to have answers.
Much of my work involves large amounts of physical labor. This process is tedious, repetitive and draining. 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 see this reaction as a sort of penance for our society’s lack of action. 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 always 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. In some ways, this gives the manipulator (myself) the authority; however, the effort involved in controlling these elements as they rebel is a way in which they take their power back. 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.