Artist Karla Diaz Holds Virtual Visit on Upper Campus
One of Sierra Canyon’s celebrations of Hispanic Heritage Month took place at our Upper Campus on Tuesday, October 5.
The Upper Campus Visual Arts department chair, Rory Sloane, arranged for artist Karla Diaz to present her stories and paintings virtually.
Ms. Diaz was born in Los Angeles and received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts. She has exhibited at L.A. County Museum of Art; Museo de Cervantez, Madrid; and the Serpentine Gallery, London, UK.
Rory Sloane met Karla in 2012 while attending Otis College of Art and Design’s MFA program in Public Practice. Karla was one of her teachers.
“My interest in her work progressed and carried forward personally and professionally from then to today. She began a series of paintings after a long period of being unable to sleep. These paintings are inspired by her childhood stories, family, and the architecture and colors of her town in Mexico. Over time, I learned that this series of paintings would culminate in an exhibition at a downtown Los Angeles Gallery. That show today is called Insomnia, which is currently on display at Luis De Jesus, Los Angeles.”
“She will share some of herself as a personal revolutionary walking through adversity, as well as triumphs and successes as an artist educator and community leader. We are especially proud to honor Karla and share her with our community, as she is an important cultural producer in Los Angeles. She thoroughly celebrates her cultural heritage and life experiences in the stories that weave through her work as a Mexican American. Today, in particular, October 4, she celebrates with us in the Sierra Canyon Community the awareness of Hispanic Heritage month.”
Sierra Canyon School is a private, independent, non-sectarian, co-educational, college preparatory school for students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12 located in Chatsworth, California. The highly cosmopolitan campus community is reflective of the Greater Los Angeles area and the world at large. Students are empowered to realize their greatest creative, ethical, intellectual and physical promise through small class sizes, a diverse student-teacher culture and a family-like environment.