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PORTFOLIO

 

Trapped in paradise is a body of work that was created during the quarantine portion of Covid-19 in 2020. It examines ideas of paradise as a type of cage, not only with its imagery but with its ideologies both taught and adapted from the western world. In addition to imagery such as the palm tree and mother sally, I touch on things such as mental slavery, blind faith, and followers as well as death, and birth.


This series also explores the different aspects of my identity as a black Barbadian Contemporary artist. It touches on different aspects like nationalism through works that deal with the projection of Barbadian national identity through symbolism and suggestion.  

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​Moments From My Island Home is a new series of works that examines the people of an island as the product for consumption as well as the ones that serve themselves for consumption.

Beautifully Braided is a series of Drawings and Paintings of black women and girls' hairstyles. The purpose of this series is to show the beauty, balance, grace, and strength in the females who adorn them while exploring the ideas of Paradise through Caribbean imagery.​

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​This body of work was started in January of 2018. These pieces have been created using the deconstructed pieces of my previous drawings from my beautifully braided series that were created with the purpose of being puzzle pieces for other works.

Unsolved Seascape is a series of hand-cut and hand-painted 3" puzzle pieces that depict fractions of a seascape/wave. The purpose of this series is to explore the relationship between the Caribbean and the excessive use of the seascape imagery.​

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Instruments of Nationalism deals with the projection of Barbadian national identity through cultural symbols. I use the Mother Sally figure, the Tuk Band, palm trees, the coat-of-arms, the trident, and the national colors in subversive ways. 

 

WHAT'S  NEW


Reality: The Exhibition
May 26th, 2021

 



The Portrait Show IX - Modern Eden
June 12th, 2021





INNERSCAPES
July 9th, 2021


Chautauqua School of Art Residency Program
July 25th, 2021

 

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Current Exhibitions

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Recent Exhibitions

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Reimagined: Unspoken Bodies and Spaces explores questions of individual and social identity and the uncertain terrain in-between from the perspective of three Barbadian female artists, Alanis Forde, Akilah Watts, and Anna Gibson.

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"Mahogany Culture came together with artists alliance Barbados and have curated a show that is an extension of Non-Traditional Exhibition but also that focuses on the realities that are created through art..."
 

by Mahogany Culture

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Since 2011 we have curated this annual exhibition in celebration of the painted portrait. Over the last decade we’ve featured some of the top contemporary painters of today, and presented themes that pushed the boundaries of traditional and academic portraiture

-Exert from Modern Eden Gallery Website

Recent Critical Mentions

 
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akilahwatts20@gmail.com

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