Kaylie Kaitschuck + Qualeasha Wood
August 6 - 29, 2021
Gaa Gallery Provincetown
Gaa Gallery is pleased to present Nobody's Home, a two-person exhibition of works by Kaylie Kaitschuck and Qualeasha Wood. The exhibition will be on view from August 6 through August 29, 2021, at Gaa Gallery located at 494 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA.
Her feelings she hides
Her dreams she can’t find
She’s losing her mind
She’s falling behind
--Avril Lavigne, Nobodys Home, 2004
Nobody's Home explores the artists’ relationship to loneliness, memory, and time. Borrowing its title from Avril Lavigne’s 2004 hit, Nobody’s Home, Wood and Kaitschuck present works that reflect inner and outer turmoil as time and perspectives collide with aesthetics and color. The non-linear relationship of time turns old landscapes into new, and old memories become simultaneously sharper and distorted. The blend of the past, present, and future strengthens the tension between safety and danger as the work folds in on itself. Accepting that nothing is as it seems, the fantastical and reality overlap sharing unique perspectives of two queer women who often have more questions than answers. What does it mean to be alone despite being with others? What does it mean to be stuck if you’re moving? How are you lost if you have a map?
Kaylie Kaitschuck (b. 1995, Dearborn, MI) received her BFA from The College for Creative Studies and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI. She uses machine embroidery to draw with yarn and create fantastical yet overwhelming landscapes. These embroideries serve as her own chaotic maps that hold no real navigational route or exit. Drifting through realities of real and fake, they are an archive of thought, routine, and memory that may or may not have ever existed. She has exhibited at Parsons The New School, NYC; Playground Detroit, Detroit, MI, and KO Gallery; Hamtramck, MI. She is a recipient of The Red Bull House of Arts Microgrant, The Robert C. Larson Art, Design, and Architecture Venture Award, and is published in New American Paintings MFA edition. She lives and works in Detroit, Michigan.
Qualeasha Wood (b. 1996, Long Branch, NJ) holds a BFA in printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI. Her work centers and uplifts black women using weaving, digital collages and tufted work to unpack the often tense and complicated relationship between black femme bodies and the world surrounding them. Her digital transfer tapestries are an ongoing inquiry into Blackness, queerness, and the past, present, and future narratives associated with those experiences. By combining meditative tableau's of self-portraiture with Catholic iconography, Wood cultivates a rich tête-à-tête around figuration of the Black femme body. She has exhibited at Gaa Gallery, Provincetown, MA; Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London, UK; Canada Gallery, New York, NY; Metro Pictures, New York, NY; Gluon Gallery, Milwuakeee, WI; Benson Gallery, Providence, RI; Kendra Jayne Patrick, New York, NY; Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI; 333 Midland, Detroit, MI, and Cooper Cole, Toronto, ON. Wood is published in the New Yorker, the Observer, Art in America (cover), and the New York Times, among others. Qualeasha Wood currently lives and works in Detroit, MI.