Ms. Cayla Skillin-Brauchle is a visual artist whose work addresses physical and financial consumption and the gap between what we want and what we need. Her work has been shown at venues including Future Tenant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; JDK Gallery in Burlington, Vermont; the Rotunda Gallery in Bangkok, Thailand; and most recently in one- and two-person exhibitions at the Trisolini Gallery in Athens, Ohio and ROY G BIV Gallery in Columbus, Ohio. Ms. Skillin-Brauchle holds a B.A. magna cum laude in studio art from Beloit College, Wisconsin where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In June 2012 she earned her M.F.A. in printmaking from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.
For her Fulbright project, Ms. Skillin-Brauchle will consider American and Indian attitudes and approaches towards consumerism to produce original artwork highlighting the emotional and social relationship between humans and our possessions. Looking specifically at goods carriers as a model, she will study how the time, money and artistic vision evident in the decoration of goods carriers illustrate an alternative, long-term form of ownership. Unlike the Western model of product development that often promotes novelty over durability, this Indian model uses ornamentation to increase the value of an existing object. In her research, Ms. Skillin-Brauchle will consider these goods carriers as the confluence of consumerism, everyday life and art.