Wood and Water
In July of 2020, I began my research based installation titled Wood and Water. The Indigenous name for Jamaica is Xaymaca and it translates to the “ Land of Wood and Water.” I have been studying the history of colonization in relation to nature on the island. In my research I am learning about the socio- political complexities of that space while mapping where my family and communities narrative is in conversation with that history.
My approach stems from a series of family interviews, gathers clusters of accumulated disparate materials representing home and my ancestral geographies. I utilize materials such as cut strips of moving blankets coated in bright acrylic paint, ribbons, bottles and beads, shells, leaves, recycled clothing and drop cloth.