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Mother and child

Guardian Arts&Culture

Published: May 04, 2013

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Ceramicist mother and daughter duo Jessica and Erin Colebrooke will present their third joint exhibition today at Hillside House.

“A New Direction: Mother & Child III” will showcase tile murals as well as large scaled sculpture, but according to mother Jessica, this one will be a slight departure from what audiences are used to.

“The mother and daughter exhibits have always had a compositional link to the theme ‘Mother and Child’,” Jessica explains. “I have included tile murals that depict that aspect of a mother's love for her child(ren), pregnancy etc., but the main reason why it is themed ‘A New Direction’ is for the public to be aware that I will also use this platform (the ‘Mother & Child’ exhibits) to display my most recent body of work. So in other words, don't think too literally on the theme ‘Mother & Child’.”

For her part, Jessica says her pieces in this exhibit focus more on the link between the Bahamian and African diasporas. Daughter Erin, eight, explored her appreciation for “the beauty in people”.

According to Jessica, “[Erin’s] figures depict her interest in the variety of complexions, hair colors, eyes, hair styles etc. – girly things that most eight-year-old girls become consumed with.

“At this point in her life, I want my daughter to have fun with the medium, with learning all the technical aspects of clay. Eventually, once she is armed with all the necessary tools for her to stand artistically firm, I would love to see where she ventures.”

This exhibition is also Jessica’s first at the Antonius Roberts Studio and Gallery at Hillside House, which she is very excited about.

“The previous Mother & Child Exhibitions were all done at my gallery (Jessica’s Tileworks Studio) in Gleniston, but this year I wanted to bring it to a new venue,” Jessica says. “I love the space that Mr. Roberts has, I like what he is trying to do for the art community and I just thought that this would be a perfect fit for this period in my life.”

Roberts is no stranger to Jessica. He was her instructor at a Finco Art Workshop in 1988 as well as when she was a student at The College of The Bahamas, prior to her attending Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

Though this is the third joint exhibition, the mother of two has also held six solo exhibitions and established the All Ceramics Exhibition (ACE), a biennial exhibition that serves to “bring together the ceramic artists around the country to display their skill/craft on this platform, and part proceeds go towards the Denis Knight Award established in 2009 at The College of The Bahamas for a deserving student that displays a strong portfolio in the area of 3-D art”.

So what’s next for this mother and child? Jessica plans to continue developing and challenging her skill level and creativity, but says audiences shouldn’t be surprised if they see Erin’s name on an exhibition by itself.


• “A New Direction: Mother & Child III” opens today at 10 a.m. at the Antonius Roberts Studio and Gallery at Hillside House on Cumberland Street. For more information, visit http://www.antoniusroberts.com.


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