Makayla Carlson is a contemporary artist from Ogden, IA. She just recently received her Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art from Grand View University in April of 2019. Makayla works primarily in mixed media paintings and in sculptures. Her body of work revolves around a symbiotic relationship between humans and nature. The intention of her work is to close the gap between humans and nature and she strives to do this by depicting common experiences that both nature and humans go through such as adaption, neglect, stagnation, and how the seasons affect them. To reinforce her endeavor of expressing a symbiotic relationship between humans and nature, she uses objects that are found in nature, never taken directly from the living source, with objects that are human made in her sculptures and mixed media pieces.

Makayla has exhibited her work in various places including the Barnum Factory in Des Moines, IA, Introspections Senior Exhibition and Student Art Competition at Grand View University in Des Moines IA, the BraveArt Pop-Up Show at The Base in Des Moines, IA, the Art Walk in Ames, IA, the Artist of the Month Exhibition at Des Moines Area Community College in Boone, IA and at the Boone Local Art Show at McHose Park. in Boone, IA..

Artist Statement

“The intention of my body of work is to show a symbiotic relationship between humans and nature. The way that I express this relationship is by exploring common experiences of humanity such as growth, stagnation, adaption, and relationships and by collaborating man-made materials with items found in nature together in each piece.

In my work, the symbolism of color and materials used are important to the concepts behind each piece. I use different materials and colors that have symbolic meaning to myself and different cultures to represent certain experiences that both nature and humans share.

I express these concepts through  paintings, drawings, and sculptures. In the works that I use found objects of nature, such as flowers, twigs, leaves, and seeds, I always use what is on the ground, what is dead, what is going to be thrown away, or what would normally be overlooked. It is important to my work to express my symbiotic relationship with nature by taking only what it gives me, never taking directly from the living plants, trees, and shrubs. I see this relationship as symbiotic because nature gives me materials and I create art about nature using those materials. ”