artwork


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Printmaking

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Paintings

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Videos & Photography

 

artist statement

As a multidisciplinary artist, I use artmaking as a means of investigating, probing and defining. I investigate the history of The Bahamas especially through the visual remnants that are present within New Providence, the island I was born on. New Providence houses Nassau, the capital. In Nassau, physical remnants of colonialism such as the architecture of Parliament buildings, statues of colonizers such as Christopher Columbus, Woodes Rodgers and Queen Victoria stand, and the presence of a police task force specifically to guard tour- ists are present. However, in the other communities that are often erased by the touristic prominence of Nassau, psychological remnants of colonialism, slavery and segregation exist. I was raised in those communities. My upbringing as a black, Bahamian woman gave me a first-hand experience of classism, xenophobia, violence and domestic abuse in a country that is marketed as a paradise with pristine beaches and smiling natives. Therefore, I use aspects of Bahamian culture to depict those issues in hope of sparking dialogue around them. The importance of enticing dialogue is to probe into the thinking of the everyday Bahamian to find ways to tackle these problems outside of a canvas. Presently, conch shells, mosquitoes, cockroaches, coconut palm trees, pineapples and images of myself are rendered through paintings, collages, videos and sculp- tures to define my experience as a Bahamian woman. Those symbols are fluid with what they represent in the work and tends to become a language within itself. Although some of those practices, especially painting, has colonial roots, I exist within a Bahamas suffering through neocolonialism by its engagement of tourism and foreign investment.

My aim is to define what it means to be a Bahamian woman outside of the touristic gaze and not juxtaposed to our colonial history.