Untitled (Hillside Bloom)
16 x 20 inches
What is the value of water, if it doesn’t quench our thirst… Series
BIO: Deborah Jack received her M.F.A. from the University at Buffalo. Deborah Jack uses photography and video installation to investigate mythology, re-memory, trans-cultural existence, memorials, and history. Hurricanes, the sea, the land and salt are recurring metaphors in the narratives she constructs. Her exhibitions include Caribe Now, SITE:Santa Fe 2014, Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Diaspora organized by el Museo del Barrio, Infinite Island: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean at the Brooklyn Museum and Tropicalisms at the Jersey City Museum. She’s had residencies at Lightwork and Big Orbit Gallery and was a fellowship at The Photography Institute-National Graduate Seminar. www.deborahjack.com
STATEMENT: The project, “what is the value of water, if it doesn’t quench…” presents a narrative of a young girl who is both ancestor and descendent, and her journey around an island. Here the island represents a place that is both disconnected and connected. Her journey begins inland, and she makes her way to shore only to return to the center. Her impulse is to perform this ritual as a form of re/membering what was lost/ taken/ forgotten. Traveling across visible/ invisible boundaries towards the shore. The flowers metaphors for both the wounds of history combined and the beauty of regeneration. Roots dig deep, the tree is nurtured and blossoms erupt on hillsides, in valleys and flesh. It is a season of the bloom.