Reviews

REPERSENTING HER GENDER

Short essay in Laura’s Digital iArtBook RADIANT EARTH

by Edward Lucie Smith

Because Jamaica is English-speaking, the temptation has always been to see contemporary Jamaican culture as an offshoot of culture in Britain. Either that, or, because more than 90% of the Jamaican population is of African descent, to choose what looks like the obvious alternative – to see it as a version of African culture, transported to the Caribbean thanks to the iniquities of the slave trade.

RADIANT EARTH

Exhibition, The Prince's School of Traditional Arts, London, UK

by Anne Errey

Radiant Earth celebrates a decade of work, grounding and expressing love Laura Facey style.  The Jamaican-based artist walks the earth lightly but delivers immense potency. Her sculptures, carved from massive cedar roots, mahogany and lignum vitae, are conceptually inspired by the alchemy of transformation - transformation that affects change personally and environmentally. 

THE RADIANT COMBS OF LAURA FACEY

by Anne Errey

“Radiant Combs”, the latest body of work from sculptor Laura Facey, departs depiction and begins to express her artistic word conceptually. The artist’s increasing spirituality is the natural by-product of intense studio outpourings moving into a more experiential space with the work unfurling transformational gifts upon the artist. As this phenomenon flows, it creates greater adaptability, gratitude, joy, optimism and ...

LIMINAL SPACES

by Veerle Poupeye

Laura Facey’s exhibition The Everything Doors: Drawings in Wood, which opened at the Institute of Jamaica’s newly refurbished exhibition gallery in October 2006, was exceptional in every sense of the word. Facey’s exhibitions have always been thoughtfully conceived and presented, but this one made an unusually cohesive statement, conceptually and visually, as an exhibition that transcended ... 

THE EVERYTHING DOORS

by Dr David Boxer

Exhibition, Institute of Jamaica, Kingston, October 2006
Excerpts from Opening remarks by Dr David Boxer, C.D.
Director Emeritus/ Cheif Curator, National Gallery of Jamaica

REDEMPTION SONG

Redemption Song, 2003, bronze figures, cast iron dome, 10 & 11 ft. h. Monument at Emancipation Park, Kingston, Jamaica, W.I.Redemption Song, 2003, bronze figures, cast iron dome, 10 & 11 ft. h. Monument at Emancipation Park, Kingston, Jamaica, W.I.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Laura Facey’s sculpted figures are perfectly formed, pristine in their presentation. They capture the gestures of the human body in all its pity and rapture, pain and pleasure. Recent works like Still Singing, a larger-than-life-size goddess surrounded by swathes of feminine pink tulle, resonate a joyous inner strength and signal Faceys’ commitment to happy endings.