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K. Mixon
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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My practice pivots on a system of tillage. After applying numerous layers of oil on panel, I carve paint away to reveal a surface complexity that is slowly built through nuanced repetition. The harvested chips of paint are the seeds for new work. And, the graft from one painting morphs into the next, as a body in the act of becoming; it is both dying and procreating. Gestures are excavated and catalogued in a studio archive. This archive is the intermediary between the making and unmaking actions, a tangible word bank of utterances. My finished paintings are the punctuation in a sequence of metamorphic studio rituals. From this autopoietic system, I create works grounded in a primal, pared-down aesthetic that reflects my sense of the world as an ensemble of repetitions and variations of our habits and habitations. They are earthly but unnatural, bodily but defiled.





born: 1984, Orangeburg, SC



University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, MFA, 2015
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Post-Baccalaureate, 2010
Davidson College, Davidson, NC, BA, 2006


selected awards/honors

William and Dorothy Yeck Award Finalist, 2016
Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation Award, 2015
VCUarts Fountainhead Fellowship Finalist, 2015


selected solo or two-person exhibits

Allcott Gallery, University of North Carolina: Glossolalia, Chapel Hill, NC, 2015


selected group shows

Allcott Gallery, University of North Carolina: Glossolalia, Chapel Hill, NC, 2015
Rubber Stamp Projects: Spectrum, Miami, FL, 2015
Ackland Art Museum: The Land of No Things, Chapel Hill, NC, 2015



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