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Teaching and Learning: Jessica Kincaid
December 16, 2016 - January 21, 2017
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 artist’s experiences as a paraprofessional and an aide in the Kansas public school system, this exhibition is inspired by lunches served in the cafeteria. Kincaid’s intense beadwork of these meals obsessively ruminates on the repetition of this systematic and standardized food service. Narratives are found in the system’s aws; while several lunch options are offered, a student’s account might be late and district policy requires that the 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. Kincaid’s work functions both as a critique of the system and opens a dialog about food, educational standards, and life in Middle America.
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 a Charlotte 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. jessicakincaid.com