Karla Nixon, born in 1990, spent her early childhood on a sugarcane estate in Swaziland before relocating to Durban, South Africa. She is a Durban based artist who predominantly works with paper. She hand-cuts, tears and sculpts intricate images and objects, drawn from her surrounding environments. More recently her work has used this medium to explore themes around colour, texture, textiles and land. Nixon completed her Master’s degree in Fine Art in 2017 at the Durban University of Technology, South Africa. Her degree focused on transience in the work of paper artists, which she completed with Cum Laude. Nixon was awarded and completed an artist residency in Bremen, Germany, in 2017-18. She has been selected as a finalist in both the Sasol and ABSA art competitions. Nixon has participated in a number of group shows in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg, and has had a few solo shows the most recent being, Crease, in 2021 at State of the Art Gallery, Cape Town. Her work is in private collections in South Africa, Lebanon, Australia, Spain and Holland to name a few. As well as in public collections including the Durban Art Gallery and The National Art Bank. Nixon is currently lecturing 2D and 3D studies in the Arts Extended Curriculum Program at The Durban University of Technology.