Jessica Kincaid: Teaching and Learning
December 16 - January 21, 2017
Opening reception, December 16, 6-9pm
Teaching and Learning, a solo exhibition by Jessica Kincaid. The works in Teaching and Learning are inspired by the institutional scholastic environment and the process of what it means to learn. Drawing on the artistís experiences as a paraprofessional and an aide in the Kansas public school system, this exhibition is inspired by lunches served in the cafeteria. Kincaidís intense beadwork of these meals obsessively ruminates on the repetition of this systematic and standardized food service. Narratives are found in the systemís flaws; while several lunch options are offered, a studentís account might be late and district policy requires that student be served a toasted cheese sandwich. The cheese sandwich serves as a scarlet letter publically identifying the student (and their parents) as negligent, possibly poor, or at the very least not like everyone else. Kincaidís work functions both as a critique of the system and opens a dialog about food, educational standards, and life in Middle America.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Jessica Kincaid is best known for her compositions of surreal scenery, nature, and abstract images. They are often crafted with translucent glass beads. She earned an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a Certificate in Web Development from Johnson County Community College. She is the recipient of aCharlotte Street Foundation award and resides in the Kansas City area. Her work has been acquired by the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Emprise Bank, and numerous private collections. http://www.jessicakincaid.com