Khara Oxier (b. 1979) is an Idaho-based artist who focuses primarily on the human body.
After receiving an honorable discharge from enlistment in the United States Marine Corps, Oxier attended Boise State University. In 2016, she earned a degree in anthropology, with focus in genetics, evolutionary medicine, and osteology. Both her past studies and experiences impacted the artist profoundly, and she credits the deconstructionist theories of Derrida and Foucault for her frequent examination of human power dynamics and systems throughout her artwork.
Oxier develops, deconstructs, and reconstructs figures by feeling inside of herself, excavating memory, and recording aspects of both the intuitive and informed world in an effort to memorialize the human condition. Her exclusion of the face and head highlights the body as its own significant form and allows the viewer to better intuit phenomena such as pheromones, matters of the heart, and linked consciousness. Oxier’s primary focus is to create a visceral and transcendental experience for the viewer.
The artist currently lives with her family in Canyon County, where she is a frequent reader and gardener. She has been exhibiting internationally since 2015. Boise City Department of Arts & History recently granted Oxier the prestigious award of James Castle House residency for December 2020.