Karla Prickett is from Concordia, KS and received her BA in Art Education from Fort Hays State University. She is a Board and Exhibition Committee member at the Salina Art Center and on the Show Committee at the Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery, Lindsborg.
“I find mark making sacred and honorable…whatever the expression…whether correspondence, one’s life work, lists, exercises in learning. My recent works stem from an inherent attention to detail, both from my grandfather and my father.
My father’s meticulous bookkeeping…rows of precise numbers, numerical shapes, and repetitive process provided lasting impressions of what I perceived as a desire to achieve or present perfection. I understand and own their shared sense of visual organization.
I focus on relationships of shapes to one another, their geometry and placement – the simplicity and beauty in the mark of a fountain pen, arched line from a compass, or movement in cursive patterns.
My compositions create a new matrix for drawn elements from a time that no longer exists. I place them in a new context…one that will construct a contemporary record from the work of artists’ hands, one that will celebrate a continuance of who they were and of who I am – past and present, my vision, my re-imagining, and my respect.” – Prickett