J E N N I F E R S H A D A
Jennifer Shada (b. 1988) is a Bay Area visual artist who finds passion in both learning and teaching. While earning her BFA from Sonoma State University in 2011, Shada taught art classes to students in grades K-12 at S&G Studios in Rohnert Park, CA. Since graduating from California College of the Arts with her MFA in 2016, Shada has worked as a studio assistant for Mario Pires Cordeiro in San Francisco, has been the lead arts director and board member of the Petaluma Music Festival, and has co-founded artist collective ONE + ONE + TWO.
Shada has studied oil and acrylic painting all her life. Her work investigates concepts of home, loss and what it means to be in liminal space. In her most recent work, Shada paints watercolor images of solitary pieces of draped fabric. Unclear of location, history or purpose, the suspended textiles create a stillness in a overwhelmingly chaotic and unsettlingly unknown world. Resisting the spread of hate or fear of "other," Shada finds solace in painting a material that may in fact be common thread to people everywhere-- fabric.