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.

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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.

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Reciprocal Seductions

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.

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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.

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Under Leaves So Green

How to describe it? The extraordinary work of Jasmine Thomas-Girvan, who twists pieces of palm fronds into tongues of flame, who places a cage within a cage within a cage, whose human figures twist into tortured, glorious creatures: bodies illuminated by the mahogany that encases them?

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