A solo exhibition by Krystal Jolicoeur
Opening Reception: May 2, 2014 6-9 pm
Leedy-Voulkos Art Center: KCAI Undergrads Underground
2012 Baltimore Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64108
Tè ak San, or Soil and Blood, introduces Kansas City to the work of mixed-media artist, Krystal Jolicoeur. While living in a remote Australian aboriginal desert community, she observed the communal treatment of death by the residents. Individuals, deceased or living, did not simply pass or mourn, they experienced a transformative process. Those left behind were reminded of the true value of their life. Following a mourning ritual they embraced rejuvenation. Observing others’ external style of mourning made it easier for Jolicoeur to address her own losses, which she had quietly internalized. The patterns left in the red soil from the “sorry” ceremonies, had a lasting impact upon the artist, attracting her to the irrefutable connection to the human condition embedded in soil. Soil gives life, nurtures, and erases existence. The land supplements human needs and determines their lifestyle, all people are bound by blood to its constraints and freedoms. In Jolicoeur’s solo exhibition at the Leedy-Voulkos Underground Gallery, she presents a series of earthen sculptures and installations that correlate with the inevitabilities of life and its regenerative processes.
Krystal Jolicoeur is a Haitian-American artist who resides in Kansas City, Missouri. Krystal was awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International scholarship in 2013, to travel internationally, where she studied in Tasmania and later volunteered in a remote Australian aboriginal community. Jolicoeur will graduate from the Kansas City Art Institute in May 2014 with a BFA from the fiber program, and is a mixed media artist whose work deals with culture and the human condition. http://www.krystaljolicoeur.com