Cydne Jasmin Coleby, Remembering I, 2023; Limited Edition Print
Cydne Jasmin Coleby’s interdisciplinary practice celebrates the captivating complexity of what it means to be Caribbean, while also examining the transformative effects of grief and trauma through a personal lens. Known for her texturally dense, mixed media collages, the Nassau-born artist draws on the aesthetics of Junkanoo, an annual festival which celebrates the Bahamas’ resilience against European colonization through a vivid display of materiality. Coleby received her Associate’s Degree in Fine Art from the University of the Bahamas, and was also included in the exhibition National Exhibition 9: The Fruit and The Seed at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas in 2018. Her work has been presented at venues around the world, and can be found in the collections of Syracuse University Art Museum, Syracuse, and Xiao Museum of Contemporary Art, Rizhao.
Comprising collaged elements that make up an image of two companions seated by the sea, Remembering I was created in response to the Bahamian government’s decision to restrict citizens’ access to the beach, during the height of the pandemic. Regardless of its well-meaning intentions, this policy deprived locals of access to a natural space where they could self-heal and gather in a socially distanced manner, leading many to question the distinction between ‘tough love’ and punitive action. This discourse prompted Coleby to reflect on simpler days, and to hold onto hope that they would greet her again in the future. Notably, the original iteration of Remembering I resides in the collection of Destinee Ross-Sutton, NY. For this edition, the artist will hand-embellish a portion of the prints by adding gold leafed, matte, gloss, and glitter finishes.
Cydne Jasmin Coleby
Remembering I, 2023
Archival pigment print
16 x 20 inches
Edition of 10
Hand-embellished, signed and numbered by the artist
Edition of 30 with 5AP + 1PP
Signed and numbered by the artist
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