Kayle Karbowski is an earthling, feminist, Scorpio (Aquarius moon, Taurus rising), organizer, cultural producer, Buffy enthusiast, aspiring Bene Gesserit, and admirer of the Tralfamadorians. Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, she received her BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in 2015 and currently lives and works in Milwaukee, WI.
Her work has been featured in both national and international exhibitions, screenings and online projects. In the summer of 2016, she was artist in residence at MASS Gallery in Austin, TX and received the Mary L Nohl Suitcase Export Fund Award. Karbowski has recently shown in Iowa City, IA, Cedar Rapids, IA, Chicago, IL, Portland, OR and Philadelphia, PA. Her zines, “The Moon Archives Vol. I” and "Interim", are currently in stock at Printed Matter in New York City via the LA-based risograph press, Martian Press.
Karbowski channels the magic just under the surface of an everyday in an effort to contemplate the intersections of the socio-political, spiritual and personal self. Interested in an emphasis on exploration and questioning, her work serves as mirrors, windows and portals– circles, knots and orbs instead of squares, lines and boxes.
In addition to her personal practice, Karbowski has participated in multiple collaborative projects including: Midwest Field Reporters, Swim Team and Creasing the Cusp. She is a co-founder and co-director of After School Special, a satellite organization based in Milwaukee.