Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Out of my mouth - A little rant
Okay...I am going to say it regardless of who gets offended! And why should they get offended I do not know because this is my experience.
The older I get, the more marginalized I feel.
There.... I said it.
I am Caribbean... but my image does not fit the "typical" Caribbean image.
In seeking our "Caribbean" Art Galleries abroad, I am so frustrated because for the most part they focus on African Art. There is so much more to the Caribbean than African Art. And why do I feel I have to apologize because my skin is on the paler side? I am as Trini as all of you, I am Caribbean as all of you.
And I am sick of those people who say that I should just accept that I am black. Hold on.... can you ask a dougla to accept that he/she is indian????? Shall we reject one part of ourselves in favour of another just to fit into a particular group?
What I create will never conform to African or Indian Art. What I am... is a filter that gathers all the experiences that I am exposed to , mixes it in my mind, and creates my opinion of the amalgamation of these experiences.
I AM..... and that's enough! I do not need to be labeled.