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Art Direction

Unbecoming . Self-portrait, 2018

Unbecoming. Self-portrait, 2018

Current Exhibit: Altar Call

In “Altar Call,” Southern Multidisciplinary Storyteller Jessica Ry'cheal explores themes of grief, mental illness, and generational trauma. Embracing the influence of her vivid Pentecostal upbringing, the artist uses self-portraiture to usher the viewer into a sanctuary of healing and self-reconciliation. For Ry'cheal, the departure from organized religion was the genesis of the artist’s journey home to self. However, the tension between traditional faith practices and the shift from holiness to wholeness creates an emotional dialogue about forgiveness and self-discovery. In this body of work, we are invited to hold the complexities of past and present influences in harmony as we experience a stained-glass mosaic of vulnerability, resilience and freedom.

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For our students to see [Jessica] with such strength and grace in our community and see what possibilities are out there was very impactful and for that, we are very grateful.
— LARISSA MAZIAK, UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
 
 
 
 

 

ART DIRECTION

 
She doesn’t just go with the surface-level solution to a problem. Instead, she wants to pull back the layers to get a deeper understanding of the best approach to take.
— Amazon Peer Review, 2019