Portrait of Ka'ila by Sam Gehrke Photography Studio, Portland, Oregon. 2019

A R T I S T  B I O

Ka'ila Farrell-Smith is a contemporary Klamath Modoc visual artist based in Modoc Point, Oregon. The conceptual framework of her practice focuses on channeling research through a creative flow of experimentation and artistic playfulness rooted in Indigenous aesthetics and abstract formalism. Utilizing painting and traditional Indigenous art practices, her work explores space in-between the Indigenous and western paradigms. Ka’ila displays work in the form of paintings, objects, and self-curated installations.


Ka’ila is a Co-director and Co-Guide for Signal Fire, a certified Wilderness First Responder, and a current Fields Artist Fellow with Oregon Humanities. Her work has been exhibited at Out of Sight, Museum of Northwest Art, Tacoma Art Museum, WA; Missoula Art Museum, MT and Medici Fortress, Cortona, Italy; and in Oregon she has work in the permanent collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and Portland Art Museum. Her work will be on view in 2020 at the Hoffman Gallery and Nine Gallery in Portland SCALEHOUSE Collaborative in Bend. Her solo exhibition Ghost Rider: Performing Fugitive Indigeneity will be on view at Ditch Projects in Springfield, Oregon in 2021. Ka’ila has recently been selected to attend artist residencies at Djerassi, UCROSS, Institute of American Indian Arts, and Crow's Shadow.


Ka'ila Farrell-Smith received a BFA in Painting from Pacific Northwest College of Art and an MFA in Contemporary Art Practices Studio from Portland State University.



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