Reporting from ‘Interpretations: Gardening In The Tropics’
On May 25th 2012 at Medulla Art Gallery in Woodbrook, POS, Trinidad, ARC Magazine brought together a group of scholars, writers and artists to celebrate the launch of Issue 5 and also to develop much needed dialogue around the work of Jasmine Thomas Girvan.
Mining The Landscape Of The Spirit
Gardening in the Tropics offers hope and a path forward. She is able to do this via the gentle spirituality that she sources from the land,and that emerges in her whimsical figures.
Olive Senior’s book of poems shifts from the plane of object or physical thing and is birthed as text in Jasmine Thomas-Girvan’s reading or interpretation of the poetry. In that instant, I propose that Senior’s poetry has an overpowering influence on Thomas-Girvan, it seduces her, it possesses her and in return, Thomas-Girvan seduces and transforms Senior’s work, making it her own.
Through The Lens Of Magical Realism
Visiting Jasmine’s studio, I felt temporarily suspended in this sacred space, one that required me to be silent, or at the very least, speak softly in the presence of her works. They demanded that I be quiet while observing the rituals they performed and continued to perform in my mind.