Contemporary self-portraits by Jessica Rycheal. Virago Gallery, Seattle, WA.
In “Altar Call,” Southern Multidisciplinary Storyteller Jessica Ry'cheal explores themes of healing, 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.
Altar Call will be available for curatorial selection in October 2019
2019 - ‘Festival:Festival’, Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, WA
2019 - ‘Everyday Black & Traveling Museum,’ Seattle Foundation, Seattle, WA
2019 - ‘The Art of Black Urbanism’, Gould Gallery, UW, Seattle, WA
2018 - ‘Everyday Black,’ Northwest African-American Museum, Seattle, WA
2018 - ‘Bumbershoot,” Seattle Center Armory, Seattle, WA
2019 - ‘Altar Call,’ Virago Gallery, Seattle, WA
2019 - ‘Everyday Black’, Union Station, Seattle, WA
2018 - ‘Perspectives in Portraiture’, WeWork, Seattle, WA
2015 - ‘The Skin I’m In,’ TAF Bethaday Center, Seattle, WA
A contemporary photography exhibit by Jessica Rycheal and Zorn. B. Taylor at the Northwest African American Museum in Seattle, Washington, curated by C. Davida Ingram and Leilani Lewis
Blackness has long played a crucial part in how we understand race in the United States. Contemporary artists Jessica Rycheal and Zorn B. Taylor use the camera’s lens to shine a light on notions of race and chosen communities through portraiture. Along the way, they offer up their own meaningful meditations on black communities in their photography.