Reviews

REPERSENTING HER GENDER – REPRESENTING HER NATION

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. In the process of confronting her own shadows, she has become what Jung

referred to as the  ‘visionary artist’, a conduit offering access to an inner terrain.

WHERE I STAND

by Annie Paul
Exhibition, Mount Plenty, St. Ann, 
Jamaica, December 2008
Split a Piece of Wood by Annie Paul, 
The Sunday Observer, February 1st 2009, 
The Style Observer, pg 14-15
 
Where I Stand is the second body of work Laura Facey has delivered since 2006. While her October 2006 show The Everything Doors, at the Institute of Jamaica, was a tour de force of poetry carved from wood--a series of coherent, composed botanical meditations--her December 2008 show is more of a collection and display of recent

SOLANDRA

Exhibition, Jamaica Inn, St Ann, Jamaica, 2009
Between Verdure and Restraint by Melinda Brown, Catalog, Jamaica Inn, Ocho Rios

Soon after arrival in Jamaica, the visitor, drenched in the green of the climbing vines, the hardwood trees, the cane and ground crops will begin to notice the sharpening of the ‘lass – an affectionate term for a large lethal knife, that slips and slices through the forest, cutting and hacking - a redefining of the profile - of the green – to the containable - that leaves the vegetation hastily trimmed, eliminating the mystery of concealment.

RADIANT COMBS

by Anne Errey

 

Exhibition, Mount Plenty,  St. Ann, Jamaica, December 2011

Radiant Earth celebrates a decade of work, grounding and expressing love Laura Faceystyle. 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. In the process of confronting her own shadows, she has become what Jung referred to as the  ‘visionary artist’, a conduit offering access to an

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

by Dr. David Boxer

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.