Jennifer Kelly Hoskins (b. 1993) creates mixed media work focused on the physicality of remembrance.  Hoskins studied art and worked as a curator in Italy at Florence University of the Arts in 2014 and received a Bachelor's degree in Art Studio from the University of South Carolina. While in Italy, her work, Volterra, was both published and shown in the group exhibition "Instudio" at the venue Ganzo. Hoskins has since exhibited across the U.S. at the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art, Freeport Art Museum, City of Brea Art Gallery, 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.   

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 using detail akin to the vividness of memory. 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)