Karlsen Clay is an artist in Los Angeles primarily known for his ironic character portrayals of West Hollywood and the surrounding film and fashion industries. Using hand cut paper and paint markers as a medium, his work ranges from whimsical portraits to architectural centerpieces.
"My work, through both its content and medium, aligns our ideas of perfection by portraying commercially attractive characters in a light of vulnerability. Like our movie stars, influencers and politicians, my work is dressed in clean materials, displayed over an attractive backdrop, then presented under gallery lights. Inevitably, it projects a stark confidence. It’s not until one approaches the piece and explores it up close that the countless imperfections and hesitated cuts become evident.
I draw inspiration from my surrounding friends and neighbors — a community of displaced people who celebrate their insecurities and continue to educate this artist in unadulterated understanding that things are never as they appear on the surface."
-- Karlsen Clay