Because pictures tell stories too

I am a long time fan of Antiguan and Barbudan artist Heather Doram, from her Carnival pieces to gallery collections like Strength of a Woman. She’s given permission for selections from her 2011, ‘We Have So Many Stories to Tell’ series to be posted exclusively on Wadadli Pen (please dont re-post without her pemission). The series is in some ways a throwback to more provincial themes and scenes, a fact she addressed in an article I did in the Daily Observer newspaper.

(ARTICLE EXCERPT)

“I was adamant that I was moving forward,” Doram said of her resistance to walking this particular path, a path decorated with scenes of women at market, or going to church, or engaged in village melee. For the artist whose vision has expanded and whose technique has evolved over the years, layered both in terms of method and meaning, one can understand the resistance to scale things back in an effort to perhaps conform to a more relatable view.

But smaller – smaller canvases, bottle canvases, simpler, more literal scenes of island life (then) – doesn’t mean limited, and from the energy and excitement with which she talks about the new collection, it’s clear that she found a way to challenge herself and yet create art some may consider more accessible and pocket-friendly. The result is no less textured and interesting than her more complex pieces.

“I want the viewer to have that conversation with the pieces,” she said.

So, converse…

As with all content on wadadlipen.wordpress.com, except otherwise noted, this is
written by Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, and Oh Gad!). All Rights Reserved. If you enjoyed it, check out my page on Amazon, WordPress, and/or Facebook, and help spread the
word about Wadadli Pen and my books. You can also subscribe to the site to keep up with future updates. Thanks.

Leave a comment

Filed under Literary Gallery

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s