Hand drawn animations and large format sumi ink drawings are some of the elements that comprise Karla Cott’s most recent installations. These animations are shown on screens or as contained projections inside wooden modules constructed according to the piece. The drawings evoke an innocence that is reminiscent of childhood dreams, where delicate movements and phantasmagorical figures coexist. Although the animations do not contain a particular narrative, they create a certain discomfort within the spectator, who anticipates a resolution that never arrives. Karla maintains that the drawings “are meant to create tension, and allude to fragility and childhood, to innocent cruelty, or to an irreconcilable cultural past.”
Karla Cott was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. She holds an MFA from the Mt. Royal School of Art in Maryland. Her work is part of the permanent collection of the Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC). She lives and works in Maryland.
Images & video courtesy of the artist
Photos: Kaela Land
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