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Deborah Jack

Drawn by water: (Sea) drawings in [3] acts, Act One: Wait(Weight) on the Water (2018-19)

Digital Video
6 minutes

In Drawn by water: (Sea) drawings in [3] acts, Act One: Wait(Weight) on the Water, Jack unpacks Caribbean relationships to water through the liminality of shorelines in the Caribbean and the Netherlands. The three part series engages with the painful memory and complex history of slavery and colonization, and the role of water in climate change, particularly through sea level rise and the augmentation of superstorms. Through the use of rich black and grey tones, Jack contests what art historian Krista Thompson refers to as tropicalization, or the colonial and tourist reduction of Caribbean islands to a homogenous, technicolour uniformity. By presenting the convergence of two ecosystems, Drawn by Water comments on the relationships between land and water, the spaces of the colonizer and the colonized, and the submerged connections and experiences that shape Caribbean archipelagic identity.



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