Made Out of WHAT

Karyl Sission

Kayrl Sission

“I’m not really an antiques person; I’m a junk person.”

Sisson likes the idea and practice of recycling and is drawn to undervalued, overlooked, and discarded materials. These common, manufactured objects, reminiscent of her childhood, are the
building blocks of her sculptures and wall art. Simple
interlocking techniques found in basketry and needlework are usually her method of construction.



Sisson collects used, manufactured materials, and connects them in her artwork. Born in Brooklyn, Sisson earned a B.S. from NYU and worked for eight years in commercial art. Sisson relocated to Los Angeles in 1972 and received her MFA in 1985 from UCLA. She has exhibited regularly, both nationally and internationally, with work represented in many collections including The Smithsonian National Museum of Art in Washington, D.C., The Museum of Arts and Design in New York, NY, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Her work appears in numerous publications relating to contemporary basketry, fiber, and found object art. Sisson is currently a full time studio artist living in the foothills of Los Angeles with her husband and two dogs. She is interested in the transformation of familiar objects through the building of form and the provocative qualities of the tactile surfaces.