Kayla Conyer is a painter and illustrator living and working in San Francisco, CA. Her work shows a deep interest in portraying the private and sometimes uncomfortable aspects of life. With emotion-based pieces touching on topics such as sexuality, feminism, and the fleeting moments we experience behind closed doors, her work produces a visual dialogue into the lives of others.
Originally from the desolate Arizona desert, Kayla moved to Northern California in pursuit of her BFA in Studio Art from California State University, East Bay. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Rare Device in San Francisco and California State University in Hayward.
I find comfort in the quiet moments we experience alone. In a society that is constantly seeking stimulation, what happens behind closed doors? Based off of photographs taken by me and also gathered from various sources on the internet, I use oil paint and pen and ink to create my imagery. My work focuses on the mundane, ambiguous, and sometimes uncomfortable moments we find in solitude. These small but everyday moments are elevated to become something worth being viewed. I explore the ideas of authenticity, self worth, and femininity in a society that often suppresses them. It’s my experience that these dark in-between moments shape who we are and who we choose to showcase to the world. I aim to provide a visual representation to the unspoken and unseen feelings of women living their lives in the shadows. The ideas of pain, loneliness, violence, insecurity, and sexuality are present, and often mirror my own anxieties.