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Essays & Interviews on Caribbean Visual Culture

Key discussions on environmental sustainability and global justice specific to Caribbean concerns.

The patchwork is an apt metaphor for the Caribbean, foregrounding the process of Caribbean societies forging identity and identities out of the plural and sometimes conflicting groups that call the region home. Within the metaphor of the patchwork, however, a question arises: where are the vernacular needlework artists within the visual art tradition of the Caribbean? 

This book’s introduction sets out to answer this question, and several common themes flow through the ensuing essays and in-depth interviews. Topics explored include issues of land and colonization, long-held perceptions of what the Caribbean is thought to be, and open-ended art-making as opposed to expressing fidelity to a particular medium. The book further explores ecological concerns and questions of sustainability, how the practices of the artists and their art defy the easy categorization of the region, and the placement of women in the visual art ecology of the Caribbean. The latter is one of the most contested areas of the book. Readers will come away with the sense that questions of race, color, and class loom large within questions of gender, particularly in the Jamaican art scene. The book aims to insert vernacular needleworkers into the visual art scene in both Jamaica and the larger Caribbean.

216 pages | 28 color plates | 5 3/4 x 8 1/4

Art: Art--General Studies


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Table of Contents


The Importance of Place

Wendy Nanan Talks About the Importance of Place in her Work

Annalee Davis Uses Art to Unearth & Interrogate

For Deborah Anzinger, Ecology is of Utmost Importance

Puerto Rico’s Lionel Cruet’s artworks are focused on the intimate relationship with the environment

The In-Between Places of Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow’s Visual Art Practice

Robin Farquharson Unplugged

The Process of Art-Making

Garfield Morgan discusses an Intuitive approach to art-making

Jasmine Thomas-Girvan Utilizes the Subject of Loss to Right the Wrongs of the Past and the Present

Revisiting & Revising Colonial Narratives Within the Languages of Portraiture & Painting: Interview with Alicia Brown

Living Gratefully: An Interview with Earl McKenzie

Katrina Coombs Discusses Her Fetish for Creating Fine Art Fiber Works

Olivia McGilchrist Explores Caribbean Futures in Virtual Reality Narratives

Women & Visual Culture

Using Objects to Convey Meanings & Break Silences: An Interview with Material Culture Expert Steeve Buckridge

Master Jamaican Mat-Maker Sane Mae Dunkley Wove Together the Story of the Jamaican People

Women and Art: An Interview with O’Neil Lawrence

Jamaica’s Rich Bio-Diversity is Painter Amy Laskin’s Muse

Oneika Russell Engages the Tropical Body & Caribbean Identity

Amanda Coulson Discusses Why Women Artists Should Remain Vigilant

Challenging Boundaries

Jaime Lee Loy Walks the Fine Line Between the Familiar and the Unfamiliar

Sheena Rose Seeks to Challenge People (And Boundaries)

Exploring the Art of Female Sexual Desires

Llanor Alleyne’s Female Figures Grounded in Nature as an assertion and reclamation of inner selves

La Vaugh Belle’s Contemporary Art Practice of Speaking in Layers

Kereina Chang Fatt Uses her Work to Address Relationships, Community and Connectedness

Defying Easy Categorization

Krista Thompson Brings a Critical Eye to what is Confined to the Footnotes of Art History

For Art Historian Edward J. Sullivan, The Caribbean (and Caribbean Artists Like Puerto Rico’s Francisco Oller) Defy Easy Categorization

Queen Victoria Give We Free: Tackling Victorian Jamaica in the Visual Arts

Pre-Raphaelite Sisters Exhibition Features Jamaican

Art Historian and Curator Allison Thompson Believes that Art is a Forum to Envision What Is Possible

Where Others See Fragmentation, Tatiana Flores Sees Continuity in Caribbean Art

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