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Born in 1992 in New York City, Kayla Sweet-Newhouse draws her inspiration from earlier lives as an expert horse trainer, animal biologist, world traveler, published journalist, photographer, and videographer. She lives and works in Venice California.


Statement of current work:

My work is an expression of my deep curiosity and love of the natural world. The intuitive method of my work invites a non-symmetrical balance of imperfections and individualism, much like the evolutionary process of natural selection. Each creature (work) is unique and survives in its own way. I want my work to reflect the vitality, joy, fragility, defiant spirit, and determination necessary to thrive.


The clay and I are equal in creation, but I am cavalier with my treatment of it. I take liberties. I create unpredictable outcomes by enforcing difficult combinations, and/or structural impossibilities. The harsh or demanding conditions I impose on the clay force it to act out its natural tendencies and persevere in any way it can. My desire is that the result creates a Keshiki born of tension and determination with a defiant spirit of joy and delicacy for having thrived despite daunting odds.

In addition to mirroring the natural order of the world, I believe these Keshiki can also be specific metaphors for elements in our psyche and culture. 

One example of this could be found by using multiple types of clay to make a story when they interact. For instance, because porcelain has a homogeneous particle size, the clay is more rigid during the drying and firing process than a dark clay body. When these two clays meet, the dark clay which is more flexible, due to its multiple particle sizes, bends and morphs while the porcelain, being rigid, is forced to give way. That release of tension and pressure shows up as brutal yet beautiful cracks.  In my work, this is a metaphor for the meeting of two cultures or two individual people. In order for the different attributes of each entity to mesh, there must be a degree of flexibility, otherwise, one side will break under the pressure.



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December  2019


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December- April 2019


December-January 2019


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December 2018



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May 2018

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October 2017


April 2016 - Present





May 2016-2017


April 2014- Present

November - March 2014/2015

Artist residency,
Emily Harvey Foundation, Venice Italy


ARCO Lisbon Contemporary Art Fair,

Soyko Gallery, Lisbon Portugal

Group show, WAVES
Grand Bellevue, Gstaad Switzerland

Artist in residence
Le Lavior, Paris France

Installation Kohler, 
Culver City CA

Installation Genzler Architecture,
Los Angeles California

Installation at Robinson Garden, 
Beverly Hills CA

Solo Show, Interactions
Helms Design Center, Culver City CA

Crosscurrent/group show
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art

Artist in residence
Helm's Design Center, Culver City, CA

Visiting Artist,
CSULB, Long Beach, CA

Fellows of Contemporary Art Walk through, Los Angeles, CA

This is a pipe/ group show
Old Arcade Gallery  Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA

Succulent Creatures/ solo show
Dorie Markovits Salon,  Beverly Hills, CA

Artist in residence CSULB,  Long Beach, CA



Group show WLAC Gallery , curated by Molly Barnes, Culver City CA

Thomas Ferreira Gallery/ group show CSULB, Long Beach, CA

Solo show
Charles Christopher Hill atelier, Venice, CA

Mint Works/ group show Marrakesh, Morocco

CSO at  Made Out of WHAT a foundation showcasing international artists using discarded materials, 
Venice, CA

Lab tech
Ceramic studio of Patrick Johnston, Venice CA

Chief Fabricator
Charles Christopher Hill atelier, Venice, CA

Ceramic Technician
of Roberta Mitrovich,  Vicenza, Italy

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