Jennifer Shada (b. 1988) is a Bay Area visual artist living, working and teaching in San Francisco, California. She received her B.F.A. at Sonoma State University in 2011 and studied at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA in the summer of 2010. The next three years after graduating, Shada continued teaching and mentoring high school students in preparing their artist portfolios for college applications. She then attended California College of the Arts and earned her M.F.A. in 2016.
Shada is currently employed as a studio assist for two different artists, Mario Pires Cordeiro and Nellie King Solomon and works for Sterling Graphics as a vinyl graphic installer for Bay Area museums such as The Legion on Honor, The Academy of Sciences and the De Young Museum. In the beginning of 2015, Shada co-founded artist collective ONE + ONE + TWO which aims to bridge the gap between individual artists with resources in the Bay Area.
Shada's work investigates concepts of home, loss and the irreversible quality of time. She unpacks the meaning of the word “still;” the lack of motion, the perpetual feeling, a deep silence or calmness. In a world full of fast-paced progression, politics and problems, Shada's paintings focus on the quiet, the domestic and the time in which this all takes place, forcing the viewer to catch up with their stillness.
In her most recent work Shada paints watercolor images of draped fabric. They rest in a space unclear of location as well as their history or purpose is left unanswered. The suspended textiles create frozen moments in an overwhelmingly chaotic and busy world and are a material that may be a common thread to people everywhere— fabric.