Heartist Association’s Art Is Freedom Exhibition
On the 25th August, 2016, the Heartist Association for Young Creatives led by Shanique Stewart conducted the Art is Freedom Exhibition in Kingstown. They launched this event to increase public awareness of the talented individuals present in St. Vincent and showcase some of the beautiful pieces they have created, with hopes of leaving a positive impact in our minds. Here’s some insight about some of the featured artists and the pieces they presented.
Ms Stewart, who organized of the event, said “I’ve been making art ever since I knew how to write”, and it’s evident in her work. Her paintings were intricate and awe-inspiring and often emotionally charged. This comes as no surprise as she admitted to using painting as her therapy and says her work evolves and has moved from being dark and mysterious to being more vibrant and colourful as she overcame personal struggles. She is inspired by people and seeks to use her art as a way of “preserving” the people around her. One of her most remarkable pieces titled “The Dream, lets fly” (pictured above) is a sort of dedication to the members of the Heartist Association, as she explains how it symbolizes the way she sees herself leading her creatives to success.
Christine Browne is an artist whose Christian faith permeates her artwork. Along with her religion, the people around her and her experiences serve as her inspiration. Her paintings were striking and engrossing and all seemed to carry complex storylines behind them. After spending 15 years perfecting her craft, her expertise was quite evident in her work and it was nearly impossible not to be drawn in by it. As someone who struggles with self expression at times, she enjoys using her artwork as a way to say the things she finds difficult to express and convey the ideas and thoughts that would otherwise exist only her head.
Curtis Parnell Robinson’s choice of medium is the gourd, locally known as the ‘calabash’. He harvests, dries and then carves and decorates the surface of the gourds to create one of a kind, eye catching works of art that can be simply ornamental or functional as well. He expressed that his wild imagination pushes his creativity and moves him to experiment with gourds to continue creating astonishing pieces.
“[I followed] other photographers, I was inspired by their work and I was like, ‘One day I wanna do this.’” That one day finally came and Jondal Moore has been actively pursuing a dream that was once only a thought in the back of his mind. He quit his full time job as an electronics repairman to pursue his passion and loves that he now has the freedom and incentive to get out of the house and explore. He shared that the beauty of the sights and scenes of sweet Vincy serve as one of his inspirations as his focus is mainly long exposure landscape photography. His photos were wonderfully dreamy.
Javid Collins on the other hand, is a seventeen year old aerial photographer. “I’ve been taking pictures since I was about ten, but professionally, about a year and some”. His signature bird’s eye view shots are marked by a distinctive light minimalistic style and are simply breathtaking. He is inspired both by other local photographers such as Edson Reece (Tequilla Ross) and Rico Deshong, as well as internationally renowned photographers such as Trey Ratcliff. He shared, “As soon as the drone goes up, people are asking ‘What’s that?’ and ‘What you doing?’”, but he’s not deterred by the questions, it actually adds to the enjoyment of his shooting process.
Ronelle King is the creator of Renaissance Creations by Ronelle King. She specializes in the creation of bold, eye-catching accessories and apparel. She has been turning heads and capturing much attention with her pieces for about 5 years now. She created accessories at first just for herself, however, friends and family very quickly expressed their interest in having similar pieces as their own and so the Renaissance Creations were born and she would go on to create more and more of her hand painted, colourful and African printed accessories. She shared that her next step will be creating a web shop for her products so that even more people can have access to her statement making bags, earrings, bracelets and skirts.
Leandra Thompson has been drawing and painting for about 4-5 years and uses her art to express herself. Her journey along this path actually started when she mistook a visual arts class at the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College for a fashion design class but she soon grew to love it. She expressed a strong desire to use her art form to create a social change and to positively impact the lives of others since she would have used this creative outlet as a safe haven during her personal struggles. Her work was enchanting and pure.
Precious Olouswee is a Nigerian native who is currently a medical student here in St. Vincent. She teamed up with the Heartist Association to showcase her simplistically beautiful paintings. She says she was exposed to painting in high school and was later inspired by an art teacher to use it as a coping mechanism for getting through some tough times. She has expressed a desire to continue making paintings despite however busy her life becomes pursuing a career in medicine.
Iasha Horne is the founder of Ijaz Creations which was started in 2009 to provide crocheted apparel and products for home decoration and has since been expanded to offer a wide variety of accessories, mixed media artworks and even stationery supplies. The newly founded line of stationery was her way of giving her four year old daughter something made just for her after always asking “Mommy you making something for me?” Ms Horne enjoys and appreciates every aspect of being a creative and seeks to continue growing and adding more items to the list of products she offers. Her pieces were thoughtful and unique.
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