Kayla Mahaffey: Resilience, Vibrancy, and Nostalgia

Kayla Mahaffey: Resilience, Vibrancy, and Nostalgia
No doubt, 2020 has been one of the most tumultuous years in recent memory, but the Big Bang created stars, and Chicago-based painter Kayla Mahaffey is a glittering example. Her Deconstructed solo show opened at Thinkspace Projects in May during the height of shelter-in-place and closed just as George Floyd’s murder galvanized a nation, sparking the greatest social justice and activism movement since the 1960s. Her colorful works depicting Black children in the midst of cartoon-like capers and contemplations speak of youth, fantasy and creativity, what she calls, “A guide to bring hope back into our daily lives by cherishing each moment, not in the mindset of an adult, but with the fresh eyes and imagination of a child.” On…