Karla Black is a Scottish sculptor whose work, Doesn't Care In Words, was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2011.
She was born in 1972 in Alexandria, Scotland, and went to the Glasgow School of Art, where she graduated from the sculpture department in 1999 and received her M.F.A. in 2004. She lives and works in Glasgow.
She uses mostly traditional art-making materials such as plaster, paint, paper and chalk in her work, along with a small amount of substances such as cosmetics and toiletries. Her sculptures are either 'almost' or 'only just' objects and skirt amongst the mediums of painting, performance art and installation, often contrasting large scale with a fragility of form. Although Black identifies as a sculptor, her use of everyday matter mixed with traditional art materials works to expand the parameters of sculpture. According to Black, her works exists and operates as "almost painting, almost installation, almost performance art." Artists who have influenced her work include Helen Frankenthaler, Karen Kilimnick, Lynda Benglis, Robert Smithson and Richard Tuttle.
Karla Black is represented by Stuart Shave/Modern Art in London and David Zwirner, New York.