Art at Work featuring artist Basil Kincaid | JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Art at Work featuring artist Basil Kincaid | JPMorgan Chase & Co.



[upbeat orchestral music] Basil: I would like for people to feel inspired, a sense of joy and a courage to do what your spirit is leading you to do. I'm Basil Kincaid,
I'm from St. Louis, Missouri. Right now I'm primarily
working with the quilts but I do sculpture, performance, photography, collage. A lot of my work functions
around identity, race, class, equity. Tynnetta: JPMorgan Chase
has an extensive and beautiful art collection. And we really want
to get employees more engaged around it. Charlotte: Basil Kincaid was already in the collection, we already acquired
two quilts and one collage. The concept around
Art at Work Live is that Basil would be in
residency five days and whatever he produced at
the end we would acquire. Employee: This is handmade
by women in Rwanda. Basil: I'm collaborating with the employees to make a quilt that's a portrait of the
people in the company. All the materials
have been donated by people here at J.P.Morgan. People have shared their stories why the materials were significant to them. This is from a blouse that Carolina wore here for years. She still wanted to express herself within the dress color and it's had a life
here in the building, so this is really great. Carla: These are
scraps of material from two of my mom's blouses. My mom passed away in January. Basil: "I hope that when people see this quilt they'll feel the love that I feel every
time I think of her." This is awesome! "The motif of the
quilt is snowflakes." Val: Which is a big part
of our Russian heritage. Basil: "And we'll be
proud and thrilled if it's found in your project." I feel like I've been given
a duty to, like, honor them and make sure that my work
lives up to the stories. That's a good strip already, it's like I can
incorporate that as-is. Tynnetta: Throughout the week
we set up workshop times where a team from any area of
the bank can come and sit with Basil and learn about quilting
or do something creative. Basil: See, it's not as
daunting as people think. Roman: Well, hey! It was a really thrilling experience for me to get a chance to
speak with the artist, and then engage in
the artist's art. Basil: This has been
really special to be able to
connect with people in a capacity that I
wouldn't have otherwise. Valerie: Just being here
is feeling revitalizing. Basil: Good! Katika: I've been
coming by this week and I love seeing someone creating something from all these little bits
and pieces of people's lives. Basil: The piece is
starting to come together. Tynnetta: So many
employees told me how delighted they've been
to have Basil in the lobby. I think it's just brought a sense of happiness for people. Basil: I love it! I love it! Employee: I love it, too. [whimsical music] Basil: I felt fueled
by you all's passion. I'm super thankful
and just really happy that we made this a reality. [applause] [laughter] Carla: Looking for
Mom's pieces… Oh! Here we go. Absolutely perfect! Tammy: Here's my wedding obi from Japan and, actually it's all
over the place. The finished quilt
is collaborative, it's, it's beautiful,
it's exquisite. Basil: This is the first time
anything like this has been done at J.P.Morgan
and I like the idea of being able to blaze a
trail and set the bar. Hopefully other artists can
have the same opportunity that I've had and
do it their own way.

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