Kyla Mallett completed her MFA at UBC in 2004, after completing her BFA at Emily Carr in 2000. Her work consistently deals with the intersection of language and the social realm, utilizing pseudo-anthropological strategies of research, collecting and archiving. She has often focused on transgressive activities in such cultural arenas as adolescence, girlhood, feminism, academia and art, using interview/statistical research, installation, photography, sound and video. Past work includes a series of photo works of schoolgirls’ notes, a video work about girl bullying, a sound installation about gossip, a public art project and series on marginalia in library books, and a series of spirit photographs investigating an art gallery haunting. These works, along with current projects on Parapsychology and Self-Help materials, focus on marginal and devalued forms of language and communication.
She has received critical attention for both national and international exhibits over the past fifteen years, having exhibited at such institutions as the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris, the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Alberta, Presentation House Gallery, Artspeak, ThreeWalls in Chicago, Mount St. Vincent University Gallery in Halifax, Chicago’s Paris London Hong Kong Gallery, Malaspina Printmakers and Mercer Union in Toronto. Mallett is an Associate Professor in Visual Art and Graduate Studies at Emily Carr University.