“I’m not really an antiques person; I’m a junk person.” -Karyl Sisson
Karyl Sisson manipulates the most mundane and overlooked domestic paraphernalia to create mystifying two- and three-dimensional abstract works. She is drawn to undervalued, overlooked, and discarded items to use as the building blocks of her sculptures and wall art. Sisson's method of construction is usually variations on often complex interlocking techniques found in basketry and needlework.
Born in Brooklyn, Sisson earned a B.S. from NYU and worked for eight years in commercial art. She relocated to Los Angeles in 1972 and received her MFA in 1985 from UCLA. She exhibits both nationally and internationally, and her work has been represented in many collections including the Smithsonian National Museum of Art in Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Arts and Design in New York; and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Her work also appears in numerous publications relating to contemporary basketry, fiber, and found object art.
Sisson is interested in the transformation of familiar objects through the building of form and the provocative qualities of the tactile surfaces. She chooses the constituent mass-produced ingredients that resonate emotionally for her.
She lives and works in Los Angeles, California.