Kisa Kavass was born in Adelaide, South Australia. At the age of five her family relocated to the United States and spent years living in and exploring various states before finally settling down In Nashville, Tennessee.Their travels imparted in her a strong curiosity about the world, nature and art, and the understanding that they all are intertwined. Her passion for creating and art led her to photography and she has worked as a professional portrait and fine art photographer for over twenty years. She has taught workshops on bookmaking, oil hand-tinting and alternative Polaroid film processes. Her fine art work has been featured in magazines and she has had photographs selected for many group and solo shows across the United States.
As the years have progressed her work has evolved and her themes have changed except for the deep connection with the natural world and the subjects within it. With years of darkroom experience, Kisa now has embraced the digital darkroom, yet she has still kept the hands on approach with her unique mixed media pieces and each fine art print. She has now incorporated the ancient technique of encaustic, applying heated beeswax to her mixed media pieces.
For years Kisa has volunteered with animal rescue groups as both a foster for dogs needing adoption and as a photographer. This love of animals led to her travels to the western United States in search of America’s wild horses. The experience was even more impactful than she expected and she was impressed with the raw beauty of the lands and the magical wild mustangs. Since the first trip out to see the wild mustangs she has returned many times and has become well acquainted with the members of the herds and their stories. The wild horses are forever being threatened by round ups from the Bureau of Land Management despite protections that were in place since 1971. Kisa hopes that her images will inspire everyone to become more engaged in the plight of the herds and their family bands and appreciate the importance of protecting our wild lands. Two years ago she became involved with a domestic horse rescue in Tennessee realizing that our domestic horses are also in need of protection from abuse and the horse slaughter pipeline. These horses come to the rescue in need of love and care and in time they are able to begin new lives. She documents the horses and their progress with her photography. As an artist I hope that you can share the feeling of being in the presence of these majestic animals. Feel the magic, the strength, see the beauty and the freedom, and experience the connection through her photography and mixed media art.