Papa Smith
Tempera on canvas
8 x 5 ft

Jennifer Kelly Hoskins (b. 1993) creates mixed media work focused on the physicality of remembrance. Items portrayed in Hoskins' work are representative of foundational relationships that form identity. Hoskins studied art and worked as a curator in Italy at Florence University of the Arts and received a Bachelor's degree in Art Studio from the University of South Carolina. Hoskins has exhibited internationally and extensively across the U.S. Her work has most recently been shown at the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art, City of Brea Art Gallery, Freeport Art Museum, South Carolina State Museum, North Charleston City Gallery, and the Masur Museum of Art. Hoskins was recently an artist in residence at Azule in Hotsprings, North Carolina, Atelier de la Rose in Montcabrier, France, and Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont.   ​​​​​​​

Growing up as an introspective child observing social situations more than starring in them, I became deeply curious about intrapersonal relationships and implications of identity. My work examines identity by looking into the past through symbols which embody nostalgia for those portrayed. Cyclical thought patterns based in memory rumination result in blocks in connecting to ourselves and others. Brené Brown explained the importance of connection saying, “We are hardwired to connect with others, it’s what gives purpose and meaning to our lives, and without it there is suffering” (8). My goal is to give other people a platform to share and achieve peace with the past.

Brené Brown. Daring Greatly. Gotham Books, 2012. (287 pages)