All in One Feeling, an exhibition of seven figurative-abstract embroideries, synthesizes an approach to making and living that artist Basil Kincaid has been cultivating over the last decade. Each piece, born from an initial drawing on paper that’s then scaled onto canvas and painted in the thread, represents the process-oriented, collaborative, and imaginative tenets of Kincaid’s methods. As the work is drafted, translated, expanded upon, and finished, it passes hands, moving on from Kincaid and into the care of African embroiderers working in Kincaid’s Ghana studio. They sew a range of stitches, building textures and sculpting the fabric into its final form, at which point the piece is framed in kente—a significant and symbolic West African fabric that can convey specific meanings and circumstances.
The above-outlined practice embodies Kincaid’s reclamation of self: it honors drawing—the first love—as a worthy and productive medium again and includes others in the vision. This collaboration is what allows Kincaid to recognize the full potential of self, reinforcing shared goals with the backing of a united team. Upending the Western image of the artist siloed in mystery, Kincaid seeks to speak plainly and proudly of the community created through working together, and the inevitable legacy spurred from that. Kincaid employs the old adage, “If you want to go fast go alone; if you want to go far, go together.”
About Basil Kincaid
Basil Kincaid, b. 1986, is an emerging, Post-Disciplinary Visual Artist based in St. Louis, Missouri. Kincaid Studied studio art at Colorado College graduating in 2010 with a concentration in Studio art with an emphasis on drawing and painting. Kincaid has exhibited work in St. Louis, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Boca Raton, Boston, New York, Montpellier France, and Accra Ghana.