Publab Issue One Cover :2018
gouache | 2018 | 18×22
FEATURED ARTIST – KIARA MACHADO
Sisterhood shows the intimacy in allowing someone to touch one’s hair by braiding it. The environment that the two young womxn are in demonstrates their solidarity with other communities and inclusivity. This piece highlights the strong bond that womxn can have, whether through blood or not.
Born in Los Angeles in 1993, Kiara Machado is a Southern Californian-based artist. Influenced by the work of Kerry James Marshall, and how he confronts the absence of the black figure from art history, Kiara references his paintings to learn from them. Mainly working with oil on canvas, her use of multicolored hues and camouflaged figures has become prominent within her new body of work. She is influenced by the complexities of identity and underrepresentation that marginalized communities experience. Kiara received her BFA for drawing and painting from California State Long Beach has shown at the Dutzi, Werby, and Max L. Gatov Gallery.