Artist Statement

I see my art practice as an investigative tool, as a way to engage in dialogue, a platform for thinking and a means to develop knowledge. My work has evolved from figurative and symbolic explorations in painting to a variety of modes that include drawing, video, performance, installation and public intervention projects. Therefore, the emphasis of my work does not lie in the medium, but in creating a space to explore social contexts and collective narratives. History, film, soap-operas, fairy-tales and mythology all inform my work in that they are both narrative modes that I use as well as sites of investigation. I look for the narratives inscribed in various objects and places and find ways to add to them and at times subvert them. Because I live in the Virgin Islands, a place that has changed colonial hands seven times, the longest being Denmark and the last being the United States, I am particularly interested in the colonial and neocolonial narrative and how it shapes identity, memory and reality. (return to website)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

I'm in this show, Caribbean: Crossroads of the World. If you are in NY between June and December 2012. Check it out. My piece is in the Museo del Barrio, Hideaway, a small handmade book of cutouts I produced while in Denmark in 2008.

I am really amazed at how big this show is and what a massive undertaking it must have been. I look forward to seeing the catalog and dialoguing with more artists who were a part of the show and went to the openings in NY.

I do have to say that I thought I was the only artist from the Virgin Islands in the show and later learned that among the over 300 artists is Camille Pisarro. Interesting.
Hideaway, handmade book of cut-outs, 2008, La Vaughn Belle 

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