Jessica Scott Felder Visual Art
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Passage of Sankofa & Nkonsonkonson (a two-part installation)

Passage of Sankofa & Nkonsonkonson (a two-part installation)

for Flux Night 2015: Dream

During the mid 1960s, the students of Spelman College played an integral role in the Civil Rights Movement by organizing and participating in the sit-ins throughout Atlanta. Inspired by this history, Passages of Sankofa utilizes the singers from the Spelman College Glee Club to perform Part One of this artwork.

Nkonsonkonson, a Ghanaian Adinkra symbol meaning unity, is the inspiration for Part Two of this artwork – a series of life-sized charcoal drawings of Civil Rights and community leaders stand together with arms linked in the backyard of the Martin Luther King, Jr. birth home.  Local and national community leaders' faces from the Instagram campaign: #strengthinunityproject were also integrated into this mural.

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Preserving History.

Preserving History.

Year: 2014

Installation at Spelman College. Plastic wrap, Antique sofa, wood, lights, paper, and paint.

Preserving History.

Preserving History.

Year: 2014

Installation at Spelman College. Plastic wrap, Antique sofa, wood, lights, paper, and paint.

Preserving History.

Preserving History.

Year: 2014

Installation at Spelman College. Plastic wrap, Antique sofa, wood, lights, paper, and paint.

Preserving History.

Preserving History.

Year: 2014

Installation at Spelman College. Plastic wrap, Antique sofa, wood, lights, paper, and paint.

Preserving History.

Preserving History.

Year: 2014

Installation at Spelman College. Plastic wrap, Antique sofa, wood, lights, paper, and paint.

Preserving History.

Preserving History.

Year: 2014

Installation at Spelman College. Plastic wrap, Antique sofa, wood, lights, paper, and paint.

Spring House

Spring House

2014. 

Chandeliers in the Spring House at the Hambidge Artist Residency

Where there was once darkness, now there is light. What was once cold, now has warmth.

Inspired by the life of Maya Angelou.

Spring House.

Spring House.

2014. 

Chandeliers in the Spring House at the Hambidge Artist Residency

Where there was once darkness, now there is light. What was once cold, now has warmth.

Inspired by the life of Maya Angelou.

Spring House.

Spring House.

2014. 

Chandeliers in the Spring House at the Hambidge Artist Residency

Where there was once darkness, now there is light. What was once cold, now has warmth.

Inspired by the life of Maya Angelou.

The High Chairs.

The High Chairs.

Year: 2013.

Medium: Installation.

Size: Varied Dimensions.

This installation is based on living room furniture found in the parlor of American homes. Often off-limits the living room was primarily utilized during special events. With the chairs wrapped in plastic for protection, the furniture was not used for casual use. Additionally, children were not allowed to sit on the living room furniture. The legs in "The High Chairs" were made 8-feet tall in order to allow ancestors to sit above successors.

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The High Chairs (Installation Draft).

The High Chairs (Installation Draft).

A draft of the High Chairs installation. Created in Google Sketchup.

The High Chairs (Installation Draft).

The High Chairs (Installation Draft).

A draft of the High Chairs installation. Created in Google Sketchup.

High Chair (Outdoor Installation).

High Chair (Outdoor Installation).

High Chair (Outdoor Installation).

High Chair (Outdoor Installation).

The High Chairs.

The High Chairs.

Year: 2012.

Medium: Installation.

Size: Varied Dimensions.

This installation is based on living room furniture found in the parlor of American homes. Often off-limits the living room was primarily utilized during special events. With the chairs wrapped in plastic for protection, the furniture was not used for casual use. Additionally, children were not allowed to sit on the living room furniture. The legs in "The High Chairs" were made 8-feet tall in order to allow ancestors to sit above successors.

Compass Rose.

Compass Rose.

Year: 2012.

Medium: Installation.

Size: Varied Dimensions.

An antique ladies’ slipper chair was reupholstered in black leather to honor Harriet Tubman. Under the chair is a compass rose pointing north. Historically on maps for seamen it represents travel on boat. A halo-like chandelier hangs low above Tubman's head to acknowledge her pseudo sainthood. A canopy represents nocturnal travel.

Compass Rose (Detail).

Compass Rose (Detail).

Her Children.

Her Children.

Year: 2009

Medium: Installation with found framed art.

Size: Varied dimensions.

Harriet Tubman played an maternal role to the lives of others. The children in these found framed art peices pay homage to her service and sacrafices.

Passage of Sankofa & Nkonsonkonson (a two-part installation)

for Flux Night 2015: Dream

During the mid 1960s, the students of Spelman College played an integral role in the Civil Rights Movement by organizing and participating in the sit-ins throughout Atlanta. Inspired by this history, Passages of Sankofa utilizes the singers from the Spelman College Glee Club to perform Part One of this artwork.

Nkonsonkonson, a Ghanaian Adinkra symbol meaning unity, is the inspiration for Part Two of this artwork – a series of life-sized charcoal drawings of Civil Rights and community leaders stand together with arms linked in the backyard of the Martin Luther King, Jr. birth home.  Local and national community leaders' faces from the Instagram campaign: #strengthinunityproject were also integrated into this mural.

Preserving History.

Year: 2014

Installation at Spelman College. Plastic wrap, Antique sofa, wood, lights, paper, and paint.

Preserving History.

Year: 2014

Installation at Spelman College. Plastic wrap, Antique sofa, wood, lights, paper, and paint.

Preserving History.

Year: 2014

Installation at Spelman College. Plastic wrap, Antique sofa, wood, lights, paper, and paint.

Preserving History.

Year: 2014

Installation at Spelman College. Plastic wrap, Antique sofa, wood, lights, paper, and paint.

Preserving History.

Year: 2014

Installation at Spelman College. Plastic wrap, Antique sofa, wood, lights, paper, and paint.

Preserving History.

Year: 2014

Installation at Spelman College. Plastic wrap, Antique sofa, wood, lights, paper, and paint.

Spring House

2014. 

Chandeliers in the Spring House at the Hambidge Artist Residency

Where there was once darkness, now there is light. What was once cold, now has warmth.

Inspired by the life of Maya Angelou.

Spring House.

2014. 

Chandeliers in the Spring House at the Hambidge Artist Residency

Where there was once darkness, now there is light. What was once cold, now has warmth.

Inspired by the life of Maya Angelou.

Spring House.

2014. 

Chandeliers in the Spring House at the Hambidge Artist Residency

Where there was once darkness, now there is light. What was once cold, now has warmth.

Inspired by the life of Maya Angelou.

The High Chairs.

Year: 2013.

Medium: Installation.

Size: Varied Dimensions.

This installation is based on living room furniture found in the parlor of American homes. Often off-limits the living room was primarily utilized during special events. With the chairs wrapped in plastic for protection, the furniture was not used for casual use. Additionally, children were not allowed to sit on the living room furniture. The legs in "The High Chairs" were made 8-feet tall in order to allow ancestors to sit above successors.

The High Chairs (Installation Draft).

A draft of the High Chairs installation. Created in Google Sketchup.

The High Chairs (Installation Draft).

A draft of the High Chairs installation. Created in Google Sketchup.

High Chair (Outdoor Installation).

High Chair (Outdoor Installation).

The High Chairs.

Year: 2012.

Medium: Installation.

Size: Varied Dimensions.

This installation is based on living room furniture found in the parlor of American homes. Often off-limits the living room was primarily utilized during special events. With the chairs wrapped in plastic for protection, the furniture was not used for casual use. Additionally, children were not allowed to sit on the living room furniture. The legs in "The High Chairs" were made 8-feet tall in order to allow ancestors to sit above successors.

Compass Rose.

Year: 2012.

Medium: Installation.

Size: Varied Dimensions.

An antique ladies’ slipper chair was reupholstered in black leather to honor Harriet Tubman. Under the chair is a compass rose pointing north. Historically on maps for seamen it represents travel on boat. A halo-like chandelier hangs low above Tubman's head to acknowledge her pseudo sainthood. A canopy represents nocturnal travel.

Compass Rose (Detail).

Her Children.

Year: 2009

Medium: Installation with found framed art.

Size: Varied dimensions.

Harriet Tubman played an maternal role to the lives of others. The children in these found framed art peices pay homage to her service and sacrafices.

Passage of Sankofa & Nkonsonkonson (a two-part installation)
JScottFelder_17.jpg
JScottFelder_18.jpg
JScottFelder_20.jpg
Preserving History.
Preserving History.
Preserving History.
Preserving History.
Preserving History.
Preserving History.
Spring House
Spring House.
Spring House.
The High Chairs.
High Chairs with Richard Hunt.jpg
The High Chairs (Installation Draft).
The High Chairs (Installation Draft).
High Chair (Outdoor Installation).
High Chair (Outdoor Installation).
The High Chairs.
Compass Rose.
Compass Rose (Detail).
Her Children.