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Contemporary Anthropocentric Tile Design (2019)

Updated: Jul 20, 2020

Part of the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands’ Cross Currents Exhibition and 1st Biennial 

The Cayman Islands are rapidly developing, as are much of our coastal environments throughout the world – coastlines are being transformed and manicured beyond recognition for elegant commercial residences, which then strive to incorporate natural elements back into interior design, art and architecture. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Drawing inspiration from Caribbean fretwork and decorative tiles, the work uses textures found in nature, specifically from Cayman’s vibrant coastal environments, and combines them with decorative patterns to produce “environmentally appropriated tiles”. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

The work comments on our intricate relationship with our surrounding landscapes and coastlines, and investigates the space between beauty and reality, fabricated and natural aesthetics, the desire for wealth and the environmental cost of development – as well as the anthropocentric view and commercial value we place on our coastal environments. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀

I hope that these installations will draw awareness to the importance of our coastal environments and encourage us to carefully consider future development and the role we play. ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀


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