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"Altar Call" by Jessica Rycheal, Gallery Opening Reception

  • Virago Gallery 4537 California Avenue Southwest Seattle, WA, 98116 United States (map)

In Altar Call, Southern Multidisciplinary Storyteller Jessica Rycheal explores themes of grief, mental illness, and generational trauma. Embracing the influence of her vivid pentacostal upbringing, the artist uses self-portraiture to usher the viewer into a sanctuary of healing and self-reconciliation. For Rycheal, 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 monologue 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.