Prospect Satellite

This year’s Prospect New Orleans will include new work from Kim Rice—a 1000-square-foot fiber-art installation—as part of its triennial Satellite program. Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp will feature works from a wide variety of artists exploring the creation of beauty from darkness and struggle. The show opens November 18th and runs through February 2018.

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Kim Rice’s work “Redlining” will appear in the in the Jodee Harris Gallery at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania as part of a collaboration with the Society for Contemporary Craft. The exhibit takes place October 26th through November 21st, 2017.

24 Works on Paper

A map from Kim Rice’s redlining series has been selected for the biennial “24 Works on Paper,” a travelling exhibition of paper-based work by contemporary artists. The show runs through the end of 2018. See the web site for the schedule.

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New Work : Prospect New Orleans in progress

The Divide
roofing paper, New Orleans HOLC maps
70’ ✕ 12’

In the 1930’s, as a means to boost the middle class, the US Government started making mortgages available through a program called the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation (HOLC). In a well-documented process known as redlining, government officials outlined neighborhoods on city maps and then color-coded the areas. The neighborhoods deemed “declining” or “hazardous” were not considered for mortgages—these were the integrated or non-white neighborhoods. Banks and insurance companies followed the example of the Federal Government and did not finance home ownership in these areas either. This practice was legal until 1968. The residue of this institutional racism continues to segregate, allowing some communities to thrive while others suffer.

The Divide is a meditation on redlining. In an era of constant information it is important to repeat a truth over and over again until we fully understand it and deal with it. As a white person I recognize my middle class status, my education, my profession and my ability to be a homeowner today are directly linked to my grandparents and great grandparents ability to own property.

The Divide —Map side

The Divide — Map side (detail)

The Divide — White side (detail)

The Divide — White side

The Divide — laying out the panels