A Seat at the Table by Kirsten Taylor
This temporary installation, as part of the 2022 Art and Natural Resources Residency, is no longer on display.
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
This event was held on October 22, 2022 from 10am-12pm at 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 allowed viewers to 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 goals for the Art and Natural Resources Residency are to:
Tentative timeline for the project:
About the Selected Artist
The Art and Natural Resources Residency Art Selection Committee includes:
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.