April 2nd, 2019
Dede’s Material Response
Dede Brown, one of the artists at Popopstudios, has completed her residency in England, where she participated in an Artist’s Exchange Programme with the Ipswich & Colchester Museums and A Fine Line, for the ‘Stories of the World’ Programme set up for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
Dede Brown: Artist Statement
The theme I have chosen to explore in my Material Response Project is Identity; personal and national identity through the mediums of painting and costume. This is a topic that has intrigued me for years and I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to explore it through my artwork.
As a minority citizen in the Bahamas, I have often felt a sense of exclusion and anonymity in my everyday life because I do not look or sound like a stereotypical Bahamian, I am usually confused with a foreigner. Even when traveling abroad, it often comes as some surprise to learn that I am from the Bahamas. I do not wish to lay blame or even solve this personal ‘dilemma’ if you will, but am merely exploring a subject that fascinates me and perhaps through this work I seek to find the sense of belonging that I yearn for.
That is what I have tried to emphasize in the paintings; the anonymity of the female figure as a symbol of my own personal journey of self identity. Read Dede’s full statement on her blog.
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Dede Puts Caribbean Flare On Never Ending Mural
Dede In The Bahamian Art & Culture Spotlight
Dede Brown Across The Pond
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