trinidadian artists

As a Caribbean person, in the the light of our historical circumstances, the assertion of my own narrative and presence is important. At one of my first exhibitions, one viewer warily proclaimed “Who she feel she is to paint she self on such a big canvas?!.. She must feel she is somebody.”

Traditionally, we have never completely controlled or had a share in the historical constructions or the configurations of mass-media that label us, and therefore we always run the risk of being misrepresented. I recall being being told, by a well respected artist, that that if I wanted to make “serious paintings,” that I had to avoid using too much colour.

Needless to say, I did not buy this. I continue to challenge the notion that one has to live and work in a place covered by a grey haze to have a “real” and “serious” life. Years later I even found myself making a large black and white painting in response to this and then had fun decorating and violating it with beautiful pink and red artificial flowers.

—  Irénée Shaw, Trinidadian artist 

Darriell. 19. New York✨🌙
Trinidadian & Carib Indian🇹🇹
Writer. Artist. Film Geek. Ceramicist🍶
Lover of music, art, nature and naps…I love naps.

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Also enlisting into the Air Force next year.
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If you love Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Young the Giant, Miles Davis, Batman, Anime and ramen 🍜 then you should def talk to me c:


Queer, artist, feminist, and perpetually angry.

I am so tired of being asked “What are you?”/ “But where are you really from?”/ “Where are your parents from?” as a way of introduction.

So done with people trying to touch my hair. NO, you may not touch! Stop behaving as if my hair is public property.

I’m done with attempting to justify my existence to racist bigots who tell me that I can’t qualify as Black or Asian because I don’t quite look like either.

It’s not my job to prove my humanity.