“The home, your sanctuary, your safe space, your shelter. 

The home, spacious living, great for entertaining, ample cupboards.

The home, valued at…. 

Relationships are complex, but, should our relationship with our home be more than a place to rest our head and provide sanctuary and shelter? This question plagued and drove this body of work as I grappled with issues surrounding the commodification of the home, ownership, the glorification of ownership, greed, the nature in which accumulation occurs, property development and gentrification. 

Paper is an integral medium to my processes and general art practice. While it can be seen as incredibly banal it is incredibly complex in nature; it is both fragile and robust, 2D and 3D, worthless and incredibly valuable, it is used daily, recyclable and is one of the most consumable commodities of our time. These characteristics are ever-present in my thinking and making.”

Karla Nixon is a Durban based artist who predominantly works with paper. She hand cuts and sculpts intricate, images drawn from her surrounding environment. Nixon completed her degree in Fine Art in 2012 at the Durban University of Technology, South Africa. Her degree focused on paper cutting as a contemporary art form, which she completed with Cum Laude. During her studies, she received a number of awards and scholarships, namely the Sam Newton Trophy, the Deans Merit award, an NRF scholarship. She completed a Masters Degree in Fine Art, with Cum Laude, at DUT in 2017, which the exhibition titled ‘Once More’ was partial fulfillment for.  She has participated in a number of group shows in Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town. Nixon has was also awarded an Artist residency in Bremen Germany in 2017-18.

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