Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art
The use of monuments as future-relics to validate and preserve the identity of Afro-Caribbean people within the Anglophone Caribbean is the premise for the conceptual and physical development of my studio practice. My dissertation is about this practice and how the art work that I make, function in the way they are intended. The work monumentalizes Black identity in an effort to mirror the significance and resilience of the Black self within the Caribbean; a space that was created by Europeans to enrich their respective Empires. I put forward the use of established canonical art practices as a methodology to map one culture unto the other as a way of presenting the Black narrative to the Black viewer.
This investigation aims to reexamine considerations of how the Caribbean is defined by looking at how it was established and how it has transitioned from its colonial beginnings to its post-colonial standing. The reinterpretation of the Caribbean puts into context the Anglophone grouping of countries on which I am concentrated, with closer reference to my home country, Jamaica. Utilizing my own knowledge and experience, as well as, conducting research into the scholastic work of various historians, artists and records of the sociopolitical sphere, I present ways in which cultures are affected both positively and negatively. The case I put forward here, gives reason to the significance of Afro-Caribbean communities to reconfigure their own identity.
Program Director's Department
Graduate School of Art
Bailey, Greg, "Future-Relics: Monumentalizing Afro-Caribbean Identity" (2019). Graduate School of Art Theses. ETD 119. https://doi.org/10.7936/mwrs-0s86.