YESTERDAY, TOMORROW, FOREVER

Yesterday, Tomorrow, Forever is a series of two installations developed while on the Caribbean Linked IV residency in Aruba. An initial interest in the island's fading tradition of handmade tiles soon developed into a serious consideration of how women's bodies are selected to represent campaigns for present-day products and services.

 

Using tile designs photographed during walks around various neighbourhoods, I began to think of the islands whose economies are heavily dependent on tourism and how each island's image is, for the most part, carefully curated to be "exotic" just as much as they are curated to mimic imagery already familiar to tourists.

 

"Hand wash hand mek hand come clean," is a Guyanese saying that references the act of exchanging favours so that all parties involved achieve a satisfactory outcome. Using this saying as a point of reference for the first installation, the sink was positioned as a metaphor, calling attention to the complicity of both the viewer and the advertiser in the way women's bodies are represented.

The second installation, made from discarded advertising boards, was created in the same vein but to speak more specifically to the familiarity mentioned earlier, particularly  with regard to the types of faces/bodies chosen to advertise foreign luxury brands in the local landscape. 

A Place To Wash Dirty Hands (digital composite), 2016

A Place To Wash Dirty Hands, 2016

Installation (digital tile designs on adhesive paper, dirty paint brushes & rollers, sink)

A Place To Wash Dirty Hands (alternate view), 2016

Installation (digital tile designs on adhesive paper, dirty paint brushes & rollers, sink)

An Outsider's Construct Of Paradise, 2016

Installation (discarded advertising boards, metallic tape, adhesive tiles, paper)

An Outsider's Construct Of Paradise (alternate view), 2016

Installation (discarded advertising boards, metallic tape, adhesive tiles, paper)