Kayla Polan (b. Canada 1994) is a multidisciplinary artist working across traditional and new media. She is a current MFA Candidate at the University of Waterloo. She received her BFA, major in Drawing & Painting, from the Ontario College of Art & Design University. Her practice melds feminism and popular culture to investigate contemporary ideas about domesticity, the home, and consumer culture. In her current work, Polan aims to deregulate notions of appropriateness surrounding bodies, and push through generalized domestic imaginaries to grapple with lived experience and materiality of the domestic sphere. Polan examines the importance of interior space in shaping new subjectivity, and the concept of home through ideas of queer interiority.
As part of the Keith and Win Shantz International Research Scholarship, Kayla Polan will be studio assistant to Tony Berlant in Los Angeles, CA in August 2019.
Kayla Polan and Tyler Matheson will be presenting a duo show with Student Art Innovation Lab (S.A.I.L) for the City of Waterloo Lumens Festival, September 28th 2019, 6-11pm.
Kayla Polan will be presenting new work at "Why The Fuck Do You Paint" at the Gladstone Hotel 2nd floor gallery, October 10 - November 24. The opening reception is October 10th, 7-10pm.
Kayla Polan will be presenting a solo exhibition at UWAG in Waterloo, ON in April/May 2020.