MOHAMMADI on her work:
“My current paintings start with a shape – a pier, a sunset or a bay – as a way to start a composition, but that is secondary to the formal makeup of the painting. Color, space and mark making are the main components of my work. Although I draw from the landscape and have painted directly from it in the past, I turn away from it in the studio. Through drawing and collage I work towards a simple expression of what I am seeing and feeling.
Abstracting space through color and mark is what keeps me engaged with painting. In the end, if the imagery is recognizable that is fine, if it turns into something else that is also fine.
I hope the viewer gets drawn to the work through the color but then lingers to see what else is there.
The paintings strive to be beautiful but also a bit raw and surprising.
That’s when paintings get interesting.”
Kayla Mohammadi’s paintings reflect her dual heritage – the bright, bold colors of Scandanavian design and the intricate, organic patterns of Islamic tiles and Persian rugs inspire her palette and approach to abstraction. Mohammadi received a BFA from the University of Washington, Seattle, and an MFA from Boston University.
She is currently a Lecturer in Fine Arts at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has been a visiting artist at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA, St. Mary’s College in Maryland, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., Northeastern University, Boston, MA and the University of Washington, Seattle.
Mohammadi has received awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation,The Dedalus Foundation and the Blanche E. Coleman Foundation. She lives in Boston and South Bristol, Maine and has exhibited her work in New York, New England and Beijing, China.