“Break a vase, and the love that reassembles the fragments is stronger than that love which took its symmetry for granted when it was whole… Antillean art is this restoration of our shattered histories, our shards of vocabulary, our archipelago becoming a synonym for pieces broken off from the original continent.” – Derek Walcott, Nobel Lecture, 1992
Disjointed (Cultural Cartographies)
Found wood pallet, wax and plaster casts of elbows, chalk
It’s this fragmentation, along with the idea of transport and notions of an internalized, portable sense of home within the self that interests me.
The issues around my work tend to oscillate between ideas of cultural representation and identity-forging. As both a Bahamian and British subject, the colonial past of these two countries, in conjunction with the various periods of time spent in both, serve as both point of enquiry in addition to conceptual material to draw upon. It is the idea of inscribing a sense of presence in this era of travel and globalization that serve as the main focus of this work.
Further, the idea of lines and marginalisation comes to mind, the notion of Others ‘being given the elbow’ and shoved aside.
I am creating my own cartography, trying to literally and figuratively ‘mark out’ this territory, to delineate my own sense of place, home, and self in the context of these times. Each ring, line, and wrinkle serves as a relief line of sorts – a fold in the skin as a reminder of the hundreds of movements that came in its making, a residual trace of a movement, it is a movement manifested. The structures are islands in the stream of comings and goings.