outward representations

of an internal dilemma where instinctual self-protection challenges the desire to be understood in the clarity of total disclosure...

I am deeply engaged with the human response to that which threatens the well-being of an individual, but more specifically: self-protection. In my experiences, I observe the safety of self-protection through deflecting attention. In my work I practice this self-protection through the obsessive layering of visual noise in order to build the ultimate distraction.

My work is a discovery of material and self-awareness through frantic, semi-automatic scrawling shrouded in-between layers of a discretionary visual show and tell. I recognize my own psychological landscapes from past happenings appearing out of the abstract. These recognitions are most often reflective of past hurt, regret, disappointments and trauma.

I seek to take cover, de-escalate, resolve, distract, protect, camouflage, escape and survive the weight of the these happenings.


Kara Slamka graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater in 2013. After living in Madison, Kara moved closer to her home town and is an at the James May Gallery in Algoma, WI. In 2016, Kara began imagining plans to create an artistic brand called kARAVAN: a freelance design project.

 She enjoys lattes and her siamese cat, Nina.