Art Teacher, Irenee Shaw, addresses the audience and gives introductions.
An Exploration of the Human Body by Victoria Lum Kang
Artist/Designer Richard Rawlins gave the feature address at the Exhibition.
Below are excerpts of that address:
Ms. Universe washerwomen and fisherfolk
How many of you have at least at one time in your life seen a painting of a long black woman,(that looks like Wendy Fitzwilliam) with a Hibiscus in her hair washing clothes by a waterfall or river? Yes. All of you. How many of you have seen at least one painting of a fisherman pulling seine by the beach with a dog walking aimlessly in front of a little shack? Exactly. Too much of you. How many paintings of long black women with hibiscus in their hair washing clothes by the river and fishermen pulling seine on the beach with a dog walking aimlessly in front of a shack do we really need? Just imagine if you will that in about a thousand years ago or so that some aliens dug up Trinidad and Tobago...they would probably think, (say it with me here)...Yep, that we were a nation of long black women that looked like Wendy Fitzwilliam with a Hibiscus in their hair washing clothes by waterfalls and fishermen pulling seine by the beach in front of shacks where dogs walked aimlessly by. Thank god this exhibition has none of those. Richard Rawlins
In the Bacchanal by Ardisha Atwell
(detail) God Bless America by Sacha Singh
Record the relevance
Your job as an artist is to record the relevance of your time. Not somebody else's time but your time and with imagination. Richard Rawlins
Two faces of Alice
I used to be good in art
You know how many people say that 'I used to be good in art in when I was in school ?" Then they become accountants and lawers or whatever and they stop. Never make work again...in life.
They just look on from the side lines. Your job as an artist is to make work and make lots of it. Keep making work. Don't worry whether it's good or not don't obsess over it. Just make work. There are people who will obsess over it for you. They are called art writers and critics. That's their job. Your job is to make work. Richard Rawlins
(detail) Jorge-The Frog by Shandelle Loregnard
I walk through mime fields
I recently attended an artshow in Suriname at the corporate headquarters of a bank. The bank was responsible for the decor and the artist responsible for the mounting of their work. The decor included lights on everything over a foot on the ground, pink butterflies, stretched fabric and mimes. Oh god mimes, juggling mimes, a moko jumbie mime, a unicycle mime etc. Corporate types always think that artists and creative people appreciate mimes. But yuh know what? We don't like mimes at all. I've often felt that much like how the Israeli's make their people do selective service so that if the state of Israel is under attack everyone could pull a little gun do a something, creative people should have to do selective corporate service, so that when these opportunities come around there would be a creative person or an artist there to say no to the mimes and stretch fabric and be able to give some proper guidance. Richard Rawlins
I am an artist and I am proud
And for those of you who chose to be be artists and go on being artists, be proud of yourselves. You are here for a reason. You've made it this far for a reason. Artist are among the brightest and the smartest people on the planet. You should feel very proud to be one. Richard Rawlins