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Exhibitions

Image: “Rage is a mask. Grief is the truth. No. 2.” Self-portrait, Jessica Rycheal, 2019

Image: “Rage is a mask. Grief is the truth. No. 2.” Self-portrait, Jessica Rycheal, 2019

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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.

Amidst the sadness in the commonality of trauma, there’s something so powerful about knowing it’s not just you. And that you can keep going. Powerful work.
— M
I see pride and reclamation and versions of myself who have long been silenced now given the permission to feel louder than ever.
— Justice P.

Altar Call will be available for curatorial selection in October 2019


 

Group Exhibitions

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

Solo Exhibitions

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

 

 
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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.

Everyday Black is a contemporary show with an overarching theme of resilience and proves that one not need a Hollywood glam squad and designer clothes to be regal, elegant and striking. Simply put, the show is relatable and the subjects are all of us.
— LISA EDGE, REAL CHANGE NEWS
Image: “Proof,” portrait, Jessica Rycheal, 2016.  Everyday Black  is available for curatorial selection.

Image: “Proof,” portrait, Jessica Rycheal, 2016. Everyday Black is available for curatorial selection.