KA’ILA FARRELL-SMITH Ka’ila Farrell-Smith (Djerassi, 2016) is a contemporary Klamath/Modoc visual artist. The conceptual framework of her studio practice is focused on channeling research into a creative flow of experimentation and artistic playfulness that is rooted in Indigenous aesthetics and abstract formalism. She works as an art teacher and visiting artist as well as co-director for Signal Fire Arts and One Flaming Arrow: Inter-tribal Art, Music & Film Festival. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Portland Art Museum and has been widely exhibited at museums and galleries including the Tacoma Art Museum; Fresh Pot and Verum Ultimum Gallery, Portland, OR; Longhouse Education and Cultural Center at Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA; Washington History Museum, Tacoma, WA; and Archer Gallery, Vancouver, WA. Farrell- Smith received an MFA from Portland State University and a BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art. www.kailafarrellsmith.com “I brought six birch panels to paint and my aim was to create a series of new abstract paintings. I let the landscape, reading, and current events influence the content and exploration of new directions in my painting practice. A direct element that began during my Djerassi residency was the inclusion of dark starry night skies. A group of us stayed up late watching meteor showers, and I wanted to capture that in my painting series. The series was inspired by the Indigenous protection of land and water from the No Dakota Access Pipeline currently happening at Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota. After Djerassi there has been a heightened playfulness and exploration in my mark making. The time, beauty, solitude, and remoteness was an incredible combination that made an ideal work space and incubator for creativity.” Above: Tantanka, 2016, Acrylic, spray paint, graphite, charcoal, oil paints on gessoed birch board panel, 30” x 24” Right: Savage / Lu Lu Lu, 2016, Acrylic, spray paint, graphite, charcoal, oil paints on gessoed birch board panel, 30” x 20”