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A Seat at the Table by Kirsten Taylor
A Seat at the Table, Kirsten Taylor
Wild clay from on site, reclaimed wood, bush honeysuckle branches
The outdoor temporary sculpture created by the JCPRD’s Art and Natural Resources Resident, Kirsten Taylor, is a series of tables tiled with wild clay found on site at Shawnee Mission Park. The artist uses the tables to evoke imagery of family and community. Dining or kitchen tables are at their core about food and nourishment. Made in response to the work the Natural Resources team has done to remove invasive bush honeysuckle from the park, the tiles tell the story of what plants have thrived here as the result of human decisions. From before statehood to the present, the impressions of prairie plants are slowly replaced by trees which in turn become crowded with honeysuckle. The sculpture asks viewers to consider which plants are part of our community and have a seat at the table. Who is allowed to thrive here in the park?
A Seat at the Table is situated approximately .2 miles from the trailhead along the Orange Trail. The section of the Orange Trail leading to the artwork is an unpaved, natural surface with uneven terrain and occasional roots. The trail is a maximum of 3ft wide and follows a 30ft incline going towards the artwork.
Walk the trail virtually and see this piece in its natural setting on the Orange Trail.
Learn about the piece and inspiration of artist, Kirsten Taylor
Artist Talk and FREE Plein Air Painting Workshop
October 22nd 10am-12pm, Shawnee Mission Park - Shelter 3Join JCPRD's artist in residence, Kirsten Taylor, for an artist's talk and walk out to her temporary art piece, A Seat at the Table, located on the Orange Trail in Shawnee Mission Park culminating in a plein air art workshop with natural inks. This activity is FREE but registration is required.
Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center Indoor Installation
An indoor, fully accessible, installation inside the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center lets viewers see the story and the process behind Kirsten Taylor's, A Seat at the Table through text, photos and a collection of the ceramic tiles Kirsten made for the installation in Shawnee Mission Park. The Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center is located at 8788 Metcalf Ave Overland Park, KS 66212 and is open Monday through Saturday 9am-5pm.
The Art and Natural Resources Residency will be the first short-term residency program to engage a local artist and allow them to embed with the JCPRD Natural Resources team to learn, respond artistically, and amplify the important work of land restoration --specifically, the removal of the invasive species bush honeysuckle. A call for local artists occurred in December 2021 and upon review by an art selection committee made up of artists and community members, Kirsten Taylor was selected to occupy the residency. The JCPRD Board unanimously approved Taylor at the March 2022 board meeting.
The goals for the Art and Natural Resources Residency are to:
- Create interactive, artistic experiences that allow park visitors to learn about the land restoration and the ecology and natural systems that make up the JCPRD parks. Specifically, this ANRR will focus on the health of forests and the effect of the invasive species at Shawnee Mission Park.
- Provide a platform for artists to create new, engaging art projects that grow out of an exploration of the work of the Natural Resources team, the process of land restoration, and the ecology and natural systems of JCPRD parks.
- Increase community engagement, awareness, and appreciation related to the JCPRD Natural Resource Plan and the efforts and impact our staff have on the health of our natural ecosystem.
- Support the growth and development of Kansas City regional artists.
Tentative timeline for the project:
Approve Project Plan and Issue Call for Artists
Artist Qualifications Due
Winning Artist Selected
Final Schedule Outlined for Artist Residency
Artist Residency with JCPRD Staff On-Location at Shawnee Mission Park
Design Approved, Fabrication, Workshop Planning
Installation, Workshop, Community Day (dates TBD)
Bush Honeysuckles, Missouri Department of Conservation
Bush Honeysuckle Control, Missouri Department of Conservation
How to get involved in local land preservation efforts, Bridging the Gap / KC Wildlands
About the Selected Artist
Kirsten Taylor is a multimedia artist based in the tallgrass prairie ecoregion. Her work questions the traditionally Western hierarchy of humans above the nature by investigating the relationships between humans and the more-than human world. Taylor holds a BA in Studio Art from Baylor University and was a post-baccalaureate student in ceramics at Utah State University. Currently she attends University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas as an MFA student. Taylor has exhibited nationally at venues including the Indianapolis Art Center, Starbrick Gallery, and the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center. She was awarded commissions by the Spencer Museum of Art in 2020 and 2021.
The Art and Natural Resources Residency Art Selection Committee includes:
Pictured: Megan Garrett, Matt Garrett, Ryan Bell, Linda Lehrbaum, Susan Mong.
- Ryan Bell
JCPRD Fine Arts Coordinator
- Matt Garrett
- Megan Garrett
JCPRD Planning & Development
- Linda Lehrbaum
Kansas City Wildlands
- Susan Mong
JCPRD Superintendent of Culture
JCPRD's Art and Natural Resources Residency was supported in part by the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
JCPRD's Public Art Vision Statement
Public art in JCPRD parks, trails and facilities will inspire a deeper connection to place through interactive, immersive, and inclusive experiences.
Supporting the JCPRD Public Art Program
The Parks and Recreation Foundation of Johnson County plays a crucial role in the fulfillment of JCPRD’s Public Art Program through the procurement of grants and donations. The foundation continues to seek support for future projects through corporate and private funders. Those interested in becoming involved with public art initiatives are encouraged to contact Susan Mong, Superintendent of Culture, at 913-715-2573 or [email protected].