Karlyn Sutherland


Central to my work, both in glass and architecture, is a long standing interest in the relationships formed between person and place. My practice explores this dialogue, with a particular focus on the qualities of space that inform our memories and sense of attachment to place.


Curiosity draws me to derelict, abandoned buildings that contain subtle clues to their history and traces of past occupants; through dulling visual clarity and making physical extent uncertain, the presence of shadow feeds the imagination, evoking associations and narrative.


Karlyn Sutherland studied architecture at Edinburgh College of Art and received a PhD from The University of Edinburgh, where she was later employed as a design tutor and research assistant. She began working in glass in 2009, when her research into topics of place and attachment led her home to Caithness, Scotland, where she enrolled in a master class at North Lands Creative. She has since gone on to exhibit her work nationally and internationally. In 2016, she was an Endeavour Research Fellow in the Glass Workshop of the Australian National University School of Art & Design in Canberra. Sutherland was an artist-in-residence at Bullseye Studio in Portland, Oregon, and at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass in New York. Sutherland lives and works as an artist, architectural designer, and writer in her hometown of Lybster, Scotland.