Visual Artist and activist from St. Louis. www.basilkincaid.com
Creating quenches my thirst for life. I make art for fun, for intellectual & spiritual exploration, for discipline & emotional expression. For me, making art is both meditation and prayer that affirms my self-esteem and proves that I exist. I am designed for one purpose: to use art as a tool to heighten consciousness, proliferating a critical pursuit of freedom, in the spirit of love. I play with a diverse set of art forms to express my love for humanity and to confront oppression. I draw, paint, collage and take photographs to process ideas that lead to the development of my larger bodies of work. I am particularly interested in working with found objects: the discarded & the abandoned. I enjoy finding and amplifying beauty in things and places that are often overlooked. I also love oil paint; it is often my vehicle for finished works. In my work, I often address concepts of identity, place, race and environmentalism. I also focus on issues facing the poor and people of color. I seek to shine light on these communities by bringing attention to abandoned spaces, decaying neighborhoods, and the people that live in them.