Jessica Cadkin was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and grew up in Napa, California. She received a BA in Sculpture and Painting from San Francisco State University. Her work has appeared in several group shows at spaces throughout northern California including the di Rosa Preserve, Oakland Art Gallery, Pro Arts Gallery, Gallery Route One, Olive Hyde Art Gallery, and Hallway Bathroom Gallery.
4th National Juried Exhibition, Axis Gallery , Sacramento, California (Juror: Janet Bishop, Curator of Painting and Sculpture, SF MOMA)
Hare and the Hounds 2, 18 Reasons, San Francisco, California
(un)Natural, di Rosa Preserve, Napa, California (curated by Michael Schwager)
We Are California History, Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, California
2008 National Juried Exhibition, ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, California (Jurors: Suzanne Baizerman, Former Curator, Crafts and Decorative Arts, Oakland Museum of California; and Kate Eilertsen, Interim Director of Visual Arts, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF)
Separation, Alignment, Cohesion, Cricket Engine Gallery, Oakland, California
Artfully Yours, Annual Triton Gala Fundraiser, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, California
12th Annual Art Sale and Live Auction, The Lab, San Francisco, California
Hare and the Hounds, Blue Space Gallery, San Francisco, California
Icon, The Hive, Oakland, California
6th Annual Box Art Benefit Auction, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, California
7th Annual Art & Soul Festival, Oakland, California
New Visions 2007, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, California (Jurors: Eduardo Pineda, Director of Education at the Museum of the African Diaspora; and Karen Kienzle, Assistant Director of Exihibitions, Education and Community Outreach at the de Saisset Museum)
Mischief, STUDIO Gallery, San Francisco, California
Linda Braz, Jessica Cadkin, and Jessica Serran, West Oakland Train Station, Oakland, California
2007 Indoor Sculpture Exhibition, Santa Clara City Hall, Santa Clara, California
39th Annual Textile Exhibit, Olive Hyde Art Gallery, Fremont, California
11th Annual Art Sale and Live Auction, The Lab, San Francisco, California
Multiple Choice, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, California (Juror: Marian Parmenter)
2007 January Juried Show, Gallery Route One, Point Reyes, California (Juror: Patricia Watts, Chief Curator at the Sonoma County Museum)
Annual Members Showcase, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, California
5th Annual Box Art Benefit Auction, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, California
Well, All Right: Paul Urich, Jessica Cadkin, Don Roller and Nancy Chan, Hallway Bathroom Gallery, San Francisco, California
Post-Postcard, Outpost for Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California
Winter Open House, The Crucible, Emeryville, California
Post-Postcard 8, The Lab, San Francisco, California
Art & Craft Holiday Event, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California
Post-Postcard 7, The Lab, San Francisco, California
The Night Show, The Fuse Gallery, San Francisco, California
Jessica Cadkin, Kevin Diminyatz, & Don Ross, The Fuse at Build Gallery, San Francisco, California
Waremental - ArtSF Benefit, Balazo Gallery, San Francisco, California
Jessica Cadkin & Suzanne Stackle, Epicenter Gallery, San Francisco, California
Women's Art Show, Red Dora's Cafe, San Francisco, California
Locus in Quo, Group Show, Dog Eared Books, San Francisco, California
SFSU Sculptural Installations, Bldg 960, Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin Headlands, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California
Erotica: Subject to Disposal, Citadel Gallery, San Jose, California
2008 Alternate Artist, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Artist-in-Residence
Coordinator's Award recipient for "31 Birds", Multiple Choice, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, California
Dalkey, Victoria. “Axis: The little gallery that could . . . go national.” The Sacramento Bee. 7 August 2009.
Kluth, Mary Anne. "'(un)natural' at the di Rosa Preserve." Artweek. June 2009, Volume 40, Issue 5: pg. 12-13.
Farr, Kristin. "Epic Saturday: 18 Reasons' Hare & Hounds." KQED, www.kqed.org. 14 May 2009.
Hufstader, Louisa. "Group shows enliven spring art scene." Napa Valley Register. 11 March 2009.
" Jack Fisher - Marx & Zavattero - Chandler Baer Ridway - di Rosa Preserve - Little Tree 02.21.09." Comment by AB (Alan Bamburger). Art Business. 2009. www.artbusiness.com
"Artsheet." Pro Arts Catalogue. June - September 2008. Exhibitions/Calendar/East Bay Open Studios
"The Visual Movement with Jessica Cadkin." The Visual Movement. 2007. www.thevisualmovement.com
KTVU Channel 2. News at Ten. September 1, 2007
Brandt, William. "Artists breathe life into depot." Oakland Tribune. 30 May 2007.
"Past Exhibits: Multiple Choice.". Sebastopol Center for the Arts, QuARTerly. Spring Summer 2007. Volume 18, Issue 2: Page 4
Walsh, Lexa. "Swarm Studios: A Conversation." Swee(t)ART. March 2007.
Flowers-Weston, Charlotte. "Artists show off work at Textile Exhibit." Tri-City Voice. March 13-19, 2007: pg 12.
"Juried Show at GRO." Petaluma Post. January 2007: pg 5.
Cheung, Yvonne. "Outer Limit" IQ Magazine: The Magazine for Home Style & Design. July/August 1998 (Singapore).
San Francisco Arts Commission, 2009 Bay Area Artists Registry
Irving Sandler Artist File Online, www.afonline.artistsspace.org
Nature plays a predominant role in my work, work that is fundamentally informed by and is a direct response to an innate affinity humans have toward the natural world. Biophilia, a term coined by Harvard biologist Edward O. Wilson, describes how “…humans evolved as creatures deeply enmeshed with the intricacies of nature.” The artwork I create interprets this concept through references to the landscape, fauna, and flora of the natural world.
Through installation and sculpture, I explore the unexpected forms and compositions nature is capable of revealing. My ideas develop in a tactile way, growing and coming into existence like a living thing; taking shape and filling space. My work occasionally possesses an obsessive quality in its construction —painstaking assemblages of multiple, individual parts that are combined to create a larger, complete image: an image made of images.