Sunday, June 2, 2013

Art Review by Amitabh Sharma: Candid conversations -- Jamaica Gleaner

Mix media rendition by Sandra Green highlighting the rhetoric of female sexuality,
sensuality and sensibility (JG Photo: Amitabh Sharma)
Candid conversations
Published: Sunday | June 2, 2013
Amitabh Sharma, Contributor
A piece of art is never a finished work. It answers a question, which has been asked, and asks a new question, says American sculptor Robert Engman. As an artist, the creative thought process is never-ending, exploring beyond the unfathomed, exploring off the beaten path and accentuating the society they live in. Exhibiting their creative acumen, the final year bachelor of fine arts and diploma programme students of the School of the Visual Arts, Edna Manley College, focused the spotlight on the contemporary Jamaican society. For 33 young artists, some thought-provoking conversations have been etched, queries painted and issues highlighted - from female sexuality and equality, to exploring ethnography or the app-mad world. The overcast May skies of Kingston and the occasional downpour were not going to be a damper, instead, the rains soaked and enhanced the creative essence of the exhibits. A walk through the exhibits was a journey, unveiling characters, colours and genres. The works of these young artists present a wide spectrum of the creative thought processes - shocking, subtle, chaotic and meticulous, each highlighting an issue and raising a query at the same time. As Pablo Picasso said, "Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not."  
"I am woman and I am liberated... There is a lot going on here, the whole idea is to bring out the layers in the works." -- Sandra Green, Artist
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