• Karla Nixon

    Karla Nixon
    • Artist Statement
      • My exploration in most of my work, whether a representation of a bird, a man-made structure or a portrait is an endeavour to understand my reality. I am particularly interested in capturing the fragile, fleeting moments of existence.

        My primary medium is paper, whether it is cut, embossed or sculpted. It is central to my practice not only because I find the blank, banal sheet of paper magical, with endless possibilities, but because of its qualities; it is fragile, used daily, recyclable and one of the most consumable commodities of our time. These qualities make paper fitting to explore ideas surrounding existence and transience.
    • Biography
      • M.Tech Fine Art (Durban University Of Technology)

        Karla Nixon is a Durban based artist who predominantly works with paper. She hand cuts and sculpts intricate, images drawn from her surrounding environment. Nixon completed her degree in Fine Art in 2012 at the Durban University of Technology, South Africa. Her degree focused on paper cutting as a contemporary art form, which she completed with Cum Laude. During her studies she received a number of awards, namely the Sam Newton Trophy and the Deans Merit. She is currently completing her MTech at DUT, which the exhibition titled ‘Once More’ is partial fulfillment for.  She has participated in a number of group shows in Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town.

        Selected Exhibitions:

        2016
        Breathing Space, Durban, Transition, curated by Grace Kotze (Group Exhibition)
        ArtSpace Durban, Durban, Once More (Solo Exhibition)
        DF Contemporary, Cape Town, Artemisia (Group Exhibition)
        Loading Bay Gallery, Durban, Own a Space-July (Group Exhibition)
        Loading Bay Gallery, Durban, Own a Space-August (Group Exhibition)

        2015
        Open Plan Studio, Durban, Tracksides (Group Exhibition)
        Fringe Art Fair, Arts on Main, Johannesburg, Curate. a. space, curated by Carol Brown (Group Exhibition)
        Hilton Arts Festival, Hilton, Eye Candy, curated by Carol Brown (Group Exhibition)
        DUT Gallery, DUT Staff Exhibition (Group Exhibition)
        Breathing Space, Anthropology III, curated by Grace Kotze (Group Exhibition)

        2014
        Durban Art Gallery, Looking Forward: Our lives in 2034 (Group Exhibition)

        2013

        ArtSpace Durban, Absa L’atilier Art Competition
        ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg, Absa L’atilier Art Competition top 100

        2012
        The Collective, Durban, Three Boys and a Girl (Group Exhibition)
        The Collective, Durban, Black and Blue (Group Exhibition)
        ArtSpace Durban, Science Art/ Art Science (Group Exhibition)
        ArtSpace Durban, d’ Art Exchange and Artists (Group Exhibition)
        ArtSpace Durban, Absa L’atilier Art Competition
        Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, Sasol Signatures (Finalist)

        2011
        Durban University of Technology Art Gallery, Durban, Reuse (Group Exhibition)

        2010
        Durban University of Technology Art Gallery, Durban, Amazing Starts (Group Exhibition)




  • Andreas - Paper-Cut Art by Karla Nixon KARLA NIXON
    Andreas
    Paper-Cut Art / 100 x 150 cm
    $611
  • Erin - Paper-Cut Art by Karla Nixon KARLA NIXON
    Erin
    Paper-Cut Art / 100 x 150 cm
    $611
  • Reid - Paper-Cut Art by Karla Nixon KARLA NIXON
    Reid
    Paper-Cut Art / 100 x 150 cm
    $611
  • Natasha - Paper-Cut Art by Karla Nixon KARLA NIXON
    Natasha
    Paper-Cut Art / 100 x 150 cm
    $611
  • Akona - Paper-Cut Art by Karla Nixon KARLA NIXON
    Akona
    Paper-Cut Art / 100 x 150 cm
    $611
  • Yesterday - Paper-Cut Art by Karla Nixon
    KARLA NIXON
    Yesterday
    Paper-Cut Art / 100 x 150 cm
  • Mzwandile - Paper-Cut Art by Karla Nixon
    KARLA NIXON
    Mzwandile
    Paper-Cut Art / 100 x 150 cm