Jessica Kincaid

Jessica Kincaid
Jessica Kincaid
was diagnosed with epilepsy in 1991 and has used her own radiological studies, combined with the visual phenomena that accompany seizures, to make sensually appealing beaded art.
Citrine MRI, Jessica Kincaid - Embedded
Citrine MRI
Glass Beads & Silk Thread
12” x 12”
2005
Royal Gem MRI, Jessica Kincaid - Embedded
Royal Gem MRI
Glass Beads & Silk Thread
12” x 12”
2005
BIO
Jessica Kincaid (b. 1970, Lexington, KY) received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1992 and an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2001. She also holds an advanced certificate in computer interactive media from Johnson County Community College. She won a 2007 Charlotte Street Foundation award and a competitive scholarship to the Kansas City Art Institute. Exhibits include those at the Charlotte Street Foundation, the Kansas City Jewish Museum, the Cranbrook Art Museum, and the Kansas City Art Institute.

THE ART
We usually think of X-rays, MRIs, and PET and CAT scans as medical necessities, not beautiful objects. Yet some artists find the brilliant colors and mysterious shadows of radiology to have both meaning and aesthetic content. Kincaid was diagnosed with epilepsy in 1991 and has used her own radiological studies, combined with the visual phenomena that accompany seizures, to make sensually appealing beaded art.

Functional MRIs are used to examine how the brain reacts under various forms of stimulation. The lesions of epilepsy show up as bright islands or small stars in the sky. Kincaid depicts her brain as full of luscious waves of color and light—jewel-like portraits of an individual mind.