This week, Bahamian artist Jace Mckinney answers 20 Questions from Guardian Arts&Culture. Jace is currently pursuing a master’s degree in divinity at Andrews University in Michigan.
1. What’s been your most inspirational moment in the last five years? It was when I did a LARP (Live Action Role Play) Bible Camp to reach out and connect with the youth of the Chippingham community. It was a two-week camp reflecting on the battle of David and Goliath. The support was overwhelming. I remember the night before the fun day Big Battle. As it came up to the final moments, there were a lot of things that were not finished in concern with the battle armor, weapons and costumes. It was like a miracle to me. The kids came and joined in, in getting their costumes completed and helped each other in getting ready. It was a moment of the most perfect synergy, love and unity. Then, we went out on to the battle field, slew some giants, won the war, ate some veggie hotdogs and had juice. We had a blast. I was very reluctant to leave that moment.
2. What’s your least favorite piece of artwork? My eighth grade Dragonball Z Drawings. Every so often when I am clearing out my things and throwing away useless stuff, I come across them and say ‘ew.’ But for some reason, I keep them.
3. What’s your favorite period of art history? The modern period of comics and children’s books.
4. What are your top 5 movies of all time? The Fall Braveheart (Because I’m a man) Before Night Falls Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon A Beautiful Mind
5. Coffee or tea? Lemon tea. Though I never really saw the point of drinking hot things as I lived in a hot climate.
6. What book are you reading now? “Steps to Christ” by E. G. White.
7. What project are you working on now? All projects are on hold. My last show killed me.
8. What’s the last show that surprised you? Stan Burnside’s body of work for his most recent solo art show “Love and Peace”. That show stands tall in my mind right now. When I entered the space I felt like a burden was lifted. I remember the image of Jackson smiling. I felt the light. The energy of that show inspired the energy that exists in my recent work. I haven’t gotten the chance to tell Stan that yet.
9. Saxons, One Family, Valley Boys or Roots? One Love!
10. If you had to be stranded on one Family Island which one would it be? Crooked Island. I have a special bond with that island. I visit it in my dreams. I was there for a three-week hiatus, cut off from all communication. No TV, no Internet, no phone. When the plane touched down I thought to myself that this was crazy, but then the island spoke to me.
11. What’s the most memorable artwork you’ve ever seen? Do ho Suh, “some/one”.
12. Which artist do you have a secret crush on? Betsy, my paint brush.
13. If you could have lunch with anyone, who would it be? Adam and Eve because they are a two-for-one special since she’s Adams rib, and I would like them to demonstrate for me how they ate the fruit.
14. Who do you think is the most important Bahamian in the country’s history? The Arawaks. I wish their descendents were with us.
15. Who is your favorite living artist? Ask me again in another 10 years.
16. Sunrise or Sunset? Sunrise. It symbolizes that new chance to find out what life is all about.
17. What role does the artist have in society? To let society know that everything is going to be okay.
18. What’s your most embarrassing moment? Giving sermons in my sleep amongst total strangers.
19. What wouldn’t you do without? Prayer, dreams and art.
20. What’s your definition of beauty? The unknown.
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