Laura Facey Radiant Earth Exhibition Redemption Son monument
Facey’s solo exhibition in London, RADIANT EARTH, is a retrospective of her awe-inspiring work, including the much talked-about slave ship canoe titled THEIR SPIRITS GONE BEFORE THEM — a cottonwood canoe filled with 1,357 resin miniature figures.
Also on display will be Facey’s RADIANT COMB series, described by well- known Australian artist and curator Anne Errey, as “…Prongs, picks, fingers, teats and tools of cultivation that are re-invented. Some works present the hardest teats in the lactating world, carved from lignum vitae, though they look as though their content would nourish anything it poured over. These combs mean to work a mysterious magic, to untangle, align, nourish, feed and harmonise...”
Facey draws inspiration from rural Jamaica. She lives on a farm that has Taïno middens, burial grounds, sugar coppers, stone walls, great houses and inventories of enslaved Africans, surrounded by forests, rivers and cocoa walks. She uses the materials found near her home thus incorporating cedar, mahogany, lignum vitae and forest wood into her art.
“My work is steeped in this rich history plus my own personal storms and yearnings thereafter for balance and harmony,” says Facey. “My work is a natural outpouring that claims my triumph in life and my need to share and pass on that triumph.”
With its serenity, RADIANT EARTH will certainly intrigue and impress the London art scene and, significantly, it will inspire conversation long after the exhibit closes.
Info: There will be a private opening on 24th September 2013. Exhibition open to public Wednesday 25th September to Friday 4th October, 9.30am-8.30pm at The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, 19 – 22 Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3SG