Artist Statement

A Los Angeles based abstract painter, I am moved to explore and synthesize the intangible. Inspired by California Light and Space, my intention is to capture the resonance of the immaterial with light, color and movement. Geometry facilitates the communicative and meditative emotions central to my work, and represents the feminine aspect of spirit, suggested in the interplay between light and shadow. Using hard edge lines, I seek to balance the emotive and the experiential, the feminine and the masculine. My paintings reflect universal ideas that call the viewer to contemplate nuanced possibilities of meaning. 

The motivating theme of my work lies in the sacred geometry pattern adapted from the window grills of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, where I was born. This pattern symbolizes connectedness and unity that reflect an archetypal visual language foundational to my art practice. Like music, my contemporary compositions convey emotions and ideas without relying on recognizable forms. 

My work is inspired by the philosophical concept behind Indra’s Jewel Net, the Hindu and Buddhist metaphor which conceptualizes the universe as a vast net in a cosmic matrix. At each juncture lies a jewel. Each jewel reflects all the others. Every jewel represents an individual life form, cell or unit of consciousness, and is intrinsically and intimately connected to others. These holographic webs, linking microcosm and macrocosm, represent a vision of healing and compassion into which I invite the viewer.

 

Bio

Veda B Kaya was born and raised in Istanbul, where she became involved in the arts at a young age. She lived in Holland before immigrating to Los Angeles, California.

Kaya graduated with a BFA from California State University, Long Beach. Her active studio work focuses solely on painting. Kaya lives in the Santa Monica Mountains where the beauty and solitude of nature inspire her to create.

The artist has exhibited at various galleries, including: Walter Maciel, Coagula Curatorial, Arena 1, The Loft at Liz’s, Gallery 825, Groundspace Project, The San Francisco Art Commissions, Berkeley Art Center, Art Share LA, Torrance Art Museum and The San Diego Art institute. Her work is in numerous private collections in the US and Europe.


CV

Selected Exhibitions

2018 Between Two Seas / LA International, Curated by Luigia Martelloni, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica CA

2018 Art and Activism, “Liberty and Justice for Some” Curated by Monica Lundy and Walter Maciel, Children’s Museum of the Arts, New York, NY

2018  Four Women, Curated by Jill Moniz, 410 S Spring Street, Los Angeles

2018  Hecho a Mano, Juried by Jill Moniz, Gallery 825, Los Angeles

2018  Art Speaks! Lend Your Voice, Juried by Jill Moniz, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica CA

2018  Black, Curated by Liz Gordon, The Loft at Liz’s, Los Angeles

2018  Untitled, Curated by Paige Wery, Art Share LA, Los Angeles

2017  With Liberty and Justice for Some, Curated by Walter Maciel and Monica Lundy, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley CA

2017  The Thunder of Meaning, Juried by Wendy Posner, LAAA/Gallery 825, Los Angeles

2017  FRESH 2017Juried by Fatemeh Burnes and Peter Frank, SBC: SOLA Gallery, Los Angeles

2017  Times Three! Three Person Show, Curated by Susan Joseph, Groundspace Project, Los Angeles

2017  With Liberty and Justice for SomeCurated by Walter Maciel and Monica Lundy, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco

2017  Ambiguous Reality, Curated by Cynthia Penna, Gallery 825, Los Angeles

2017  With Liberty and Justice for Some, Curated by Walter Maciel and Monica Lundy, Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles

2016  MAS 13, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

2016  Sweet 16, Curated by Andi Campognone, Coagula Curatorial, Los Angeles

2016  Groundswell, Juried by Mat Gleason, Groundspace Project, Los Angeles

2016  MAS 12, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego

2015  Chestnut, Juried by Walter Maciel, Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825, Los Angeles

2015  The Telephone Game, Curated by Essi Zimm, Prohibition Gallery, Culver City

2015  144 Group Show, Juried by Om Bleicher, BG Gallery, Santa Monica

2014  FRESH, Juried by Mat Gleason, South Bay Contemporary Gallery, Rolling Hills Estates

2014  The Non-Objective Moment, Juried by Cynthia Penna, LAAA/Gallery 825, Los Angeles

2014  Take Nine, Curated by Mat Gleason, Chungking Studios, Los Angeles

2012  GEM, LAAA/Gallery 825, Los Angeles


Education

University of California Long Beach, BFA

Santa Monica College, AA


Contact

vedabkaya@gmail.com