Jennifer Shada (b. 1988) is a Bay Area visual artist living, working and teaching in San Francisco and Santa Rosa, California. After spending the summer studying at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art in 2010, she received her B.F.A. at Sonoma State University in 2011. The next three years 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 and is currently represented by Hang Art.
Shada is currently employed as a studio assistant for artist Nellie King Solomon as well as employed by Sterling Graphics Vinyl Company in San Francisco. At 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 such as residency, critique and exhibition opportunities.
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. She examines how mundane objects transform from ordinary to extraordinary; asking how specific objects make us feel closer to a time, person or place; something that is no longer tangible. Does this transformation happen onto an object or does it happen within ourselves, remaining ordinary to anyone else?
In her most recent work Shada paints watercolor images of draped fabric. They focus on the quiet, the introspective, the domestic and the detailed; asking the viewer to catch up with their stillness. 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.