Ayla Gizlice

Ayla Gizlice makes work that advocates for the local environment in sustainable ways. She primarily works with found objects and gathers her materials from specific locations that speak to the environmental issues the work addresses. The role of labor is a key element in her practice; by collecting and displaying material with limited intervention the authorship of the work shifts. Rather than the environment acting as a cornucopia from which she plucks materials, she becomes a laborer or mediator for the material. Gizlice’s practice compliments the abstract, poetic gestures made by her sculptures with more pointed multi-media work that contextual and displays data, which together act as a quiet protest against environmental degradation. 

Map of Fish Kill Events in the Jordan Lake Watershed, 1997-2018, Sun printed cyanotype and ink on paper, 2019