Artist Statement

I am a Vessel, a Vivid Dreamer, and a World Builder. My work is guided by our connection to ancestral strength, insight, and imagination.

My quest is to understand the wild tapestry of my own personal identity and cultural identity within the African Diaspora, contextualized by the scaffolding of my American experience. I practice self exploration, historical investigation, and critical social questioning to cultivate healing on a personal and cultural level, towards the remedy of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome.

Within my practice I seek to promote empathy, curiosity, critical thought, conversation, and inclusion. I observe how perception and prejudice impact one’s relationship to place and their sense of belonging or displacement. My goal is to co-create healing sites that stimulate the ancestral memory of love as freedom within us, activating space to participate in shared liberation on local and global scales.

I create experiences, objects, and spaces for interpersonal and ancestral connection. I write, quilt, collage, make installations, photograph, perform, and invent games as avenues of questioning. My work is primarily comprised  of culturally contextualized, found, or donated materials. I often collect materials from people through social media. This methodology explores the seeming immateriality and physical disconnection of online spaces while observing how waste is reflective of lived experience.

I am currently most interested in the practice of Quilting as a way to collaborate with ancestral energy and as a method of empowerment. It is imperative that I nurture the evolution of my creative family traditions, honoring my predecessors while adapting the practice to address the questions and concerns of contemporary life.

My family is my driving motivation and primary artistic influence. Quilting as a practice is saturated on both sides of my family dating back over 100 years. My immediate influence as a quilter is Eugenia Kincaid, my grandmother on my father's side. She appears to me in dreams, guiding my hands as we collaborate on every quilt that I make on a spiritual level. I strongly believe that Quilting opens a portal for me to exist with all of my ancestors that maintained the practice and potentially beyond. Upholding family traditions in the face of oppression is essential within my healing process.

My stylistic approach is influenced by the innovations, practices, and cultural products of Black Americans, and West Africans.  More specifically, I am interested in Black American folk and fine art, music, poetry, and family traditions.

  Curriculum Vitae  

EDUCATION

  • 2010      BA (Concentration: Studio Art), Colorado College-Colorado Springs CO

RESIDENCIES, WORKSHOPS, AND OTHER RELATED WORK

  • 2017       Colorado College, Artist Talk and Senior Critique Series, Colorado Springs CO
  • 2016       Harvard Graduate School of Education, Guest Speaker, Arts In Education Program, Boston MA
  • 2016       Commissioned Muralist for XQ Super School Project –St. Louis, MO
  • 2016       Babson College, Speaker, Re-Imagining Inclusion Conference, Wellesley MA
  • 2016       Arts Connect International - Artist Consultant - Boston MA
  • 2015       Harvard University, Art for Cultural Inclusion Symposium, Boston MA
  • 2014-2015   Arts Connect International –Artist-In-Residence – Reclamation Ghana |  $30,000 Grant
  • 2013       BlankSpace, Planned, Funded and Implemented “Cherokee Street Reach” Free Youth Art Camp – St. Louis, MO
  • 2013 - 2014 Kipp Believe College Prep, Middle School Art Teacher
  • 2012      BlankSpace, Open-Studio Residency – Saint Louis, MO

EXHIBITIONS 2012-2017

Solo Exhibitions & Direct Collaborations

  • 2017       Regional Arts Commission, R3clamation: Beyond This Threshold, Installation & Performance, St. Louis MO
  • 2016       Hawn Gallery, SMU Hamon Arts Library, "Roots & Routes", Installation & Performance, Dallas TX
  • 2016       Hoffman LaChance Contemporary, "Inward Quest" Installation & Performance, St. Louis MO
  • 2016       Cortex, Murmuration Festival, "Portal", Installation & Performance, St. Louis MO
  • 2016       Nebula Coworking, “The Vessel”, Installation & Performance Art Exhibition, St. Louis MO
  • 2016       Moy Fincher Chipps, “Love Art”, Solo Exhibition, Los Angeles CA
  • 2016       The Luminary, “Reclamation 2: Ghana: A Call Home” Solo Exhibition, St. Louis MO
  • 2015       Bernstein Wealth Management, "Reclamation Ghana", Boston MA
  • 2014       The Box Gallery, “NewCollage: Behind the Veil”, Solo Exhibition, Chicago IL
  • 2013       2720 Cherokee St Gallery, “Praxis:Freedom” Solo Exhibition,-St. Louis MO
  • 2013       Portfolio Gallery and Education Center, “Reclamation” Art Show and Album Debut, St. Louis, MO
  • 2012       BlankSpace, “Double Consciousness”, Solo Exhibition, St. Louis, MO,

Group Exhibitions

  • 2017       Krantzberg Arts Center, “Taking it To The Streets”, St. Louis MO
  • 2017       St. Louis University, McNamee Gallery, Invitational Exhibition, St. Louis MO
  • 2017       UMSL University, 210 Gallery, Taking It To The Streets, Juried Group Show, St. Louis MO
  • 2016       Lesley University, “Justice In Process”, Group Show & Symposium, Boston MA
  • 2016       BlankSpace, Clothesline “Non-Fiction”, St. Louis MO
  • 2016       Touhill Performing Arts Center- Spring to Dance, “Tributary”, Costume Design and Construction, St. Louis MO
  • 2015       Grammy Museum, Blackout Festival, Installation, Los Angeles CA
  • 2015       Boston City Hall, “Emerge”, Installation, Boston MA
  • 2015       Lawn On D, BEANfest, Art and Music Festival, Installation, Boston MA
  • 2015       Nabuke Foundation, “Voyage of [Re]Discovery”, Group Exhibition, Accra Ghana
  • 2015       Smack Mellon, “RESPOND”, Juried Group Show, Brooklyn NY
  • 2014       VSA Massachusetts at the Open Door Gallery, HandmadeHoliday Show , Group Show, Boston MA
  • 2014       District Hall, City Awake Social Impact Festival- Art Inclusion Salon, Group Show, Boson MA
  • 2012       3407 California Avenue Gallery, Reclamation, St. Louis, MO

AWARDS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • 2014-15    Arts Connect International Artist In Residence Grant $30,000    
  • 2013        Gramaphone, Featured Speaker at Tedx Gateway Arch Event-Saint Louis, MO
  • 2013        Black Pages, Contributed selected poems in Community Annual, Saint Louis, MO
  • 2012        Roosevelt High School, Founded year long after-school art and fitness program for 20 under-served high school students-Saint Louis, MO
  • 2010        “Will Draw for Food” Arts Initiative, Raised $1200 for a local food bank from the sale of art and art related services - Colorado Springs, CO
  • 2007        Anderson Ranch Arts Center Scholarship - Aspen, CO

PUBLICATIONS AND REVIEWS

2016  Hyperallergic, “After Museum Controversy, St. Louis Artists Focus on Community Building”, 24 October 2016

https://hyperallergic.com/332603/after-museum-controversy-st-louis-artists-focus-on-community-building/

2016 St. Louis Public Radio, “St. Louis Artists Reclaim The City’s Black Heritage Through Quilting”, 23 May 2016

http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-artists-reclaim-city-s-black-heritage-through-quilting#stream/0

2016 St. Louis Public Radio, “Cut & Paste: Basil Kincaid Seeks to Connect African Diaspora With Paper, VInyl, & Adhesive”, 4 February 2016

http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/cut-paste-basil-kincaid-seeks-connect-african-diaspora-paper-vinyl-and-adhesive#stream/0

2015 All The Art STL, Quarterly Art Magazine, Spring 2015 www.alltheartstl.com

2015, Michael Eric Dyson. “The Complicated Man: A Legendary MLK Story”. 2 April. 2015 <http://www.esquire.com/news/politics/a34071/garry-wills-martin-luther-king-jr-profile-teaser/>

2013, Ruess, Brittany. "Artists of Multimedia"Reclamation Project" at Portfolio Gallery Seek to See St. Louis Anew." Look Listen SLM Look Listen. N.p., 8 Feb. 2013 .<http://www.stlmag.com/Blogs/Look-Listen/February-2013/Multimedia-Reclaimation-Project-at-Portfolio-Gallery-Seeks-to-See-St-Louis-Anew/>.

2013 ,"Reclamation Exhibit Opens Saturday at Portfolio." St. Louis American. The Saint Louis American, 7 Feb. 2013 <http://www.stlamerican.com/entertainment/living_it/article_39ec6ec2-70e0-11e2-b8f8-0019bb2963f4.html>.

2013, Buse, Johnny. "Black History Month: A Preview of Events in and around St.Louis." St. Louis Beacon.N.p., 2 Feb. 2013 <https://www.stlbeacon.org/>.

2013,"River City Professionals and TEDxGatewayArch." STLtoday.com. N.p., 16 April .2013 <http://events.stltoday.com/st_louis_mo/events/show/319173103-river-city-professionals-and-tedxgatewayarch-join-together-on-april-16th-for-a-happy-hour-that-gives-you-a-chance-to-hear-some-e>.

2012 St. Louis Post Dispatch, Holland, Elizabeth “St. Louis Street Artist Turns the Obscure into a Canvas of Urban Life." Stltoday.com. N.p., 10 June 2012. <http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/st-louis-street-artist-turns-the-obscure-into-a-canvas/article_64f36dd7-730d-50b2-bd7a-a1eb0ca8e982.html>.

2012,"St. Louis Street Artist Turns the Obscure into a Canvas of Urban life." The Reclamation Administration. N.p., 12 June 2012..<http://reclamationadministration.com/2012/06/12/st-louis-street-artist-turns-the-obscure-into-a-canvas-of-urban-life/>.

2010,Black, Noel. "The Ballad of Basil Kincaid." Radio Colorado College. N.p., 5 May 2010. <http://radiocoloradocollege.org/2010/05/the-ballad-of-basil-kincaid/>.


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