Meet the Artist: Kaylan Buteyn

My painting is a vehicle to explore themes of identity, mothering, and personal growth. My aim is to expose the contradictions within my own identity; as one who wants to belong wholly to her family and wholly to herself, an artist with an intense commitment to studio practice, and a mother who desires to spend her days at home with her children. In the paintings, “mother-forms” are abstracted to defamiliarize the body in order to better explore its presence. The figures are often built around a domed shape that suggests a mountainous form, nodding to the persistent and cyclical climbs of parenting, nature, and metamorphosis. Roots, leaves, vines, and plants drawn with acrylic paint or pastel present as juxtaposing symbols of things we both cultivate, tend to and care for, as well as rip, pull, hide within or try to remove. - Kaylan 

Kaylan is an artist living and working in rural Tennessee. She enjoys life in the country where she builds a life with her spouse; gardening, tending to their historic home and homeschooling their three children (ages 7, 3 and 1). Kaylan received her MFA from the New Hampshire Institute of Art in 2017 and a B.A. in Studio Art and B.S. in Communications from Houghton College in 2009. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and community spaces across the United States. As a social extension of her art practice, in 2019 Kaylan created the Artist/Mother podcast, which interviews incredible working artists who are also mothers about their work and life. The Artist/Mother podcast has expanded to become a community that features events, exhibitions, mentor groups, retreats and more.

Meet Kaylan on October 26th, at the One Night Stand at The Ole Miss Motel. Follow her here. - Erin 

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