At Arlington Artists Alliance “Open Studios” yesterday, one artist popped out like an astonishing surprise. It isn’t that she just arrived, but sometimes to appreciate an artist fully one must see her in her studio element, surrounded by her art and the special things she incorporates into them.
When Jessica Kallista’s framed art is one among hundreds on a wall, it will grab your attention, but unless you dive in to learn about the artist and her approach, it can become just an anomaly.
The first thing discovered about this artist is that she has an MFA from George Mason University and BA in English from Southern Illinois University. In both academic instances “creative writing” appears, accompanied by poetry.
Maybe that’s a distraction, or maybe it signals that there is a deep thinking artist here, with a whole lot going on. Dig deeper.
Her “Red Studio” appearance is like a lunch box. It is something that she has packed to school an audience about what she is doing. Yet, as a mixed media artist in command of all that is available to her, you might have to look into her refrigerator on Facebook to find more. And you might venture on a thread to find a wave at Dearsuburbia.com.
Watch for octopus, big eyed babydolls, with a lot of attitude.
This artist is so in control of her environment that even the snacks for patrons, tiny cupcakes, were presented in her unique style. Every bit was choreographed and packaged as Jessica Kallista. Watch out, she’ll be famous.
Red Studios at Art Underground
2170 Crystal Plaza Arcade, Arlington, Virginia