Inspiring art - EntornoInteligente / News day / The exhibition began on April 12 and ended on May 6. It showcased the creativity of final-year visual arts students of the DCFA at the National Museum and Art Gallery in Port-of-Spain.

The art work of 25 students included paintings, sculptures, installations, photography, product designs, and fashion designs.

Young design student, Jerrell Riley in his piece, Wide Awake, explores the cultural realm, focusing on the Trinbagonian youth’s connection to their own cultural identity.

He uses coveralls as his medium to symbolise the productivity of the local work force, attaching prominent cultural figures such as the country’s first prime minister Dr Eric Williams, Olympic gold medallist Keshorn Walcott and artist Carlisle Chang to his work. Riley marries the concepts of fashion and cultural icons to promote nationalism and patriotism in the labour force.

Riley says his design is aimed at “taking our local culture and consciousness into the street fashion realm”. Wide Awake, he said, encourages the youth to look inward and promote hardworking values.

A Memoriam created by Joy Rajnauth is a special dedication to her mother. The sculptural hand positions depict emotions and moments that Rajnauth experienced with her mother. They portray the influential impact of her mother’s career as a seamstress, as well as her level of spirituality. Rajnauth hopes her art help viewers understand the parent/child connection. Impenetrable, an insulation sculpture created by Virginia D’Ornellas demonstrated the artist’s inner emotional journey in understanding herself.

It is moulded from layers of clay and plaster, which she says represents her self-discovery in making and breaking the wall of forgiveness in her mind. D’Ornellas believes creating art is important not only for the viewers but for artists as well because without it, “we lose what it is to be real and human”.

Artist Shayna Karim uses design as her personal outlet to help solve problems in society. Karim’s piece, Al-Jadidah is a fashion and detailing design for the hijab. Her inspiration comes from her own cultural up-bringing, in which a struggle has always existed for people who keep the Islamic practice of wearing a hijab. Karim’s ambition is to introduce unique Arabic fashion designs that are expressive, trendy while still being modest. She also wants her fashion to not be limited to Islamic women, but incorporated into the wardrobes of every Caribbean woman.

Camille Parris, one the fledgling artists, revealed her functional design called Octopals.

She said its intent is to address the lack of attention given to cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that affects many children.

Parris’ younger brother lives with cerebral palsy and depends on a wheelchair to get around.

However, she said, its design does not always accommodate his needs. Octopals, a colourful wheelchair attachment, is meant to change this. The attachment takes the shape of an octopus that provides back-support. The legs can be adjusted to fit each child’s individual need. She uses bright green, yellow and red to appeal to the children. Her art piece is intended “to create comfort and therapy for kids” and to provide a supportive pal for children with cerebral palsy.

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