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Creativity Explored

Makeya Kaiser

"Collage is an art form with many uses," says Makeya Kaiser (b. 1981, San Francisco). In a blog-post about her foray into cutting and arranging images, Kaiser explains that collage "offers a new way to think about my painting.” This engagement with the process of a new medium shows Kaiser as an artist willing to take risks, and one who examines and analyzes her work and practice.

­­­­­­Her early drawings were often made from discreet circles, outlined in black, delicately colored, and set in wavering rows. They are mysterious and beautiful and exemplify her statement “I like the spaces around the shapes.” Yet her paintings, though they employ a similar pointillist technique, show little concern for negative space, with the circles crowding and pushing around over a busily washed background.

A move toward collage shows Kaiser's break from mark marking, and a new concern with form and its arrangement into a composition. The transformations that a collage can undergo, while still remaining impermanent and subject to revision, have had a profound impact on her work, and thoughts, as an artist. The contemplation of a collage’s many stages is an education in itself if the artist is sensitive, dedicated, and a little bit mischievous. Luckily, these traits define Kaiser’s work and demeanor. More recently Makeya has been working on tributes to some of her favorite singers using a number of different media including textiles, as well as the music video form (Here’s an example and another.)

Kaiser (b. 1981, San Francisco) joined Creativity Explored in 2011 and curated her first exhibition titled The Mask Show at Creativity Explored 2 in September 2015. Click here to view Makeya Kaiser's animation featured in Dance Party!, an exhibition at Creativity Explored in 2015. 



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Samples of Kaiser's work

Selected Exhibitions

E FOR EVERYONE, San Francisco Peephole Cinema, San Francisco, CA
Black White, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

Pass Away - Dia de los Muertos Altar, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA
Natural History, Creativity Explored Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Perceptions 2016: the Art of Citizenship, Crawford Art Gallery, the CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery and Cork City Hall, Cork, Ireland
Ripe, Creativity Explored Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Tabula Rasa, Creativity Explored , San Francisco, CA

Dance Party!, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

StereoTYPE, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
A Curious Menagerie, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

SIDESHOW, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
For the Birds, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

Fabulous, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
ArtPadSF, Phoenix Hotel, San Francisco, CA

SMALL, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA