Artist Statement

 I am a Vessel, a Vivid Dreamer, and a World Builder. My work is guided by our connection to ancestral courage, insight, and imagination in concert with contemporary awareness and observation.

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 promote empathy, curiosity, critical thought, and conversation. I observe how perception and prejudice impact one’s relationship to place, objects, people 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 private, 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 collect materials from people through social media as well as within my immediate surroundings. This methodology explores the seeming immateriality and physical/personal disconnection within 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. I find it imperative to 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 6 generations. 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 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. Quilting within the black cultural tradition has always served as a revolutionary space of joy, courage, and community in direct contrast to social and financial subjugation.

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 (Drawing & Painting) | Colorado College | Colorado Springs CO

RESIDENCIES, WORKSHOPS, AND OTHER RELATED WORK

  • 2019 Great Rivers Biennial Finalist
  • 2019 Carl Kostyal Draw Jam, Puglia Italy
  • 2019 Pulitzer Foundation: Stitch and Gather Sewing Workshop
  • 2018 JP Morgan Artist in Residence
  • 2018 JP Morgan “Art At Work Live” Commission
  • 2018 Missouri Valley College Artist Talk, Marshall MO
  • 2018 Artist Talk, John Burroughs Highschool, MO
  • 2018 UMSL Artist Talk, St. Louis MO
  • 2017 Print by Print Group, Fiber Talks Panelist & Workshop Facilitator, New York NY
  • 2017 Harvard Westlake School, Guest Speaker, Beverly Hills CA
  • 2017 The Fountainhead Residency, Artist in Residence, Miami FL
  • 2017 St. Louis Art Museum, Panelist, “Hip-hop & Fashion: From the Streets to the Runway”, St. Louis MO
  • 2017 Colorado College, Artist Talk and Senior Critique Series, Colorado Springs CO
  • 2017 St. Louis Artists’ Guild, Juror, Displacement & Migration, , St. Louis MO
  • 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 - 15 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 - 14 Kipp Believe College Prep, Middle School Art Teacher

EXHIBITIONS 2012-2019

Solo Exhibitions & Direct Collaborations

  • 2019 Carl Kostyal, “Get It How You Live”, Mayfair London UK
  • 2019 Part 2 Gallery, “Shamans Dearth” , Oakland CA
  • 2019 Pulitzer Arts Foundation, “The Release” Performance, St. Louis, MO
  • 2018 UMSL 210 Gallery, “Gates”, Solo Exhibition, St. Louis MO
  • 2018 Missouri Valley College, “Interstices”, Solo Exhibition, Marshall MO
  • 2017 Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Projects Plus & Spacebuster by Raumlaborberlin, “The Summoning”, Performance, St. Louis MO
  • 2017 Harvard Westlake Gallery, “Special Exhibition of Recent Work”, Solo Exhibition, Beverly Hills CA
  • 2017 Projects + Gallery, “Portraits”, Solo Exhibition, St. Louis MO
  • 2017 Regional Arts Commission, “Beyond This Threshold”, Installation & Performance, Collaboration, 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

  • 2020 Breeder Gallery, "Ambra Nera", Athens Greece
  • 2019 Coral Gables Museum, "America Weaves", Coral Gables FL
  • 2019 Rule Gallery, "In The Fold" , Denver CO
  • 2019 Fjord Gallery, "Embodied", Philadelphia PA
  • 2019 Jenkins Johnson, “Spring Selections”, San Fransisco CA
  • 2019 Carl Kostyal, "Stockholm Sessions" Stockholm Sweden
  • 2019 Carl Kostyal, “Malmo Sessions”, Malmo Sweden
  • 2019 Mindy Solomon Gallery, “I Am My Story”, Maimi FL
  • 2019 Phillips, American African American Curated by Arnold Lehman, New York NY
  • 2019 Jenkins Johnson Gallery, Winter Selections, San Francisco CA
  • 2019 Blurider Art Gallery, Tapestry Art, Taipei Taiwan
  • 2018 Kravets Wheby Gallery, Interwoven, New York, NY
  • 2018 Jenkins Johnson Gallery, “On the Road: Curated by Larry Ossei Mensah”, New York NY
  • 2018 Kavi Gupta Gallery, “ParallelLives”, Chicago IL
  • 2018 Boca Raton Museum, “Nomadic Murals: Contemporary Tapestries and Carpets" , Boca Raton FL
  • 2018 Steven Kasher Gallery, “Refraction: New Photography of the African Diaspora” New York NY
  • 2018 St. Louis Artists Guild, “All Colors” , St. Louis MO
  • 2018 Intersect Art Gallery, “Ebb & Flow Artists of St. Louis”, St. Louis MO
  • 2018 TechArtista, “In Living Color”, St. Louis MO
  • 2018 Magnify Art Gallery, “Too Black for America, Too American For Africa”, St. Louis MO
  • 2017 Le Mat galerie, "Mutinerie 3D" , Montpellier, France
  • 2017 Larson Gallery, Columbia College, “Show-Me States: A Survey of Missouri Photography”, Columbia MO
  • 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” + 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 District Hall, City Awake Social Impact Festival- Art Inclusion Salon, Group Show, Boston MA

Art Fairs

  • 2019 Mindy Solomon Gallery, “Design Miami” Miami FL
  • 2019 Kavi Gupta, "Expo Chicago", Chicago IL
  • 2019 Kavi Gupta, “Frieze Art Fair : New York”, New York NY
  • 2019 Mindy Solomon Gallery, “1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair”, London
  • 2019 Jenkins Johnson Gallery, Untitled San Francisco, San Francisco CA
  • 2018 Art Basel, (Kavi Gupta Booth), Miami FL
  • 2018 Expo Chicago, Kavi Gupta and Jenkins Johnson Gallery, Chicago IL
  • 2018 SPRING/BREAK Art Show, with Projects Plus Gallery, “Overview Is A Place” , New York NY
  • 2017 Prizm Art Fair, Miami FL

COLLECTIONS

  • 2018 JP Morgan Chase Art Collection | 4 works

AWARDS

  • 2018 Regional Arts Commission - Artist Support Grant - $3,000
  • 2016 Regional Arts Commission - Artist Support Grant - $3,000
  • 2014-15 Arts Connect International Artist In Residence Grant $30,000
  • 2012 Roosevelt High School, Founded year long after-school art and fitness program, -Saint Louis, MO
  • 2007 Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Workshop Scholarship - Aspen, CO

PUBLICATIONS AND REVIEWS

2019 Cultured Mag , “10 WORKS UNDER $10,000 TO BUY AT UNTITLED SAN FRANCISCO” https://www.culturedmag.com/untitled-san-francisco/

2018 Marie Claire , "Perché perdersi nella mostra fotografica Refraction: New Photography of Africa and Its Diaspora”

https://www.marieclaire.com/it/magazine/a20884060/mostra-africa-a-new-york/

2018 Surface Design , “Refraction: New Photography of Africa and its Diaspora” https://www.surfacedesign.org/refraction-new-photography-of-africa-and-its-diaspora/

2018 Hyperallergic , “Photographers Connect Africa’s Diaspora Back to the Continent”

https://hyperallergic.com/445408/photographers-connect-africas-diaspora-back-to-the-continent/

2018 JPMorgan Chase & Co., Art at Work featuring artist Basil Kincaid https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpFqZcESy-M&feature=youtu.be

2017 Art in America, “Staying Put”, 1 November 2017, http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/magazine/staying-put/

2017 St. Louis Post Dispatch, “Favorite Artist of 2017”, 25 April 2017 http://www.stltoday.com/online/favorite-st-louis-visual-artist/article_0771c8e7-2455-5178-81c6-f51f12bea4b7.html

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/>


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