Niv: Can you describe the technical aspect of your works?

Kyle: I draw with sharpie, then I carve along the drawing--from there I plaster and sand it repeatedly until the surface is smooth. Then I go ahead with acrylic paint. It can be frustrating sometimes, because I can't just start a painting. I have to make the relief itself first before I can pick up a brush. I always wanted more control over the surface the painting was on; I found painting on canvas to be strangely overwhelming, working in just a blank white space. With this carving technique, you choose not only the colors and the content, but also the surface it’s on. It feels more personalized and like something I have more creative control and autonomy over.