Honouring history through art

Cayman has always been intimately connected with the ocean – as a group of three islands, it could be no other way. From fishing to shipbuilding and sailing the country and its people have depended on the ocean for their livelihood in one way or another.

This is what inspired local artist Kerwin Ebanks to launch a series of exhibitions, collectively titled “Wort’ They Salt” to celebrate Caymanians and their close connection to the ocean.

The exhibitions all take place in West Bay, a district closely linked to the ocean and also the home of the artist.

The exhibitions feature paintings in a variety of media celebrating various aspects of Cayman’s heritage. The first two exhibitions in the series took place in November, and featured works on past industries as well as a collection detailing the occupation of fishing.

The next exhibition in the series will take place at Osetra Bay on Friday 2 December at 5pm, with the work displayed in the lounge area emphasising that the sea is often dangerous and unforgiving.

The fourth and final exhibition in the series will take place at Cobalt Coast on Friday 9 December, with the collection of work showing the respect for our waters we should continue to have.

At each reception the hosting venue will be providing complimentary canapés.

 “I have great confidence that this exhibition fittingly honouring our country’s heroes will be a resounding success and would like to welcome and thank everyone for the support,” says Kerwin.

“As a Caymanian artist I feel it is my responsibility to articulate the country’s culture – including the history – and it would be remiss of me to forget that these islands were founded upon the seas. It has been the seas that have provided for us a people generation after generation.” WH

For more information, email Kerwin Ebanks at homelandfair@gmail.com

 

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