Draconian Switch #20
The use of T&T Chinese newspaper ephemera, for Draconian Switch #20, was spurred by an interview I recently watched, with poet Derek Walcott. In it, he talks about the West
Indian writer and the articulation of a Caribbean heritage. He makes a case for Caribbean art as having only just scratched the surface and the conditions leading up to a more complex West Indian genius.
A return to Trinidad is humbling. Everybody's an artist I told a friend earlier today. Riffing from a Cuban quote, "In Cuba, everybody's a musician. And if you're not, you play the guitar." But really, how can you not be an artist. As Walcott points out, the West Indian heritage is our's — something we have inherited and really not to be taken for granted. What comes out of that, is its own best thing as Toni Morrison would say. In essence, isn't that what good art is? It's own best thing. The use of T&T Chinese newspaper is a design element I've purposely incorporated in Draconian Switch #20 to give voice to a Chinese presence in the Caribbean. To acknowledge, in a small way, this rich heritage Walcott speaks proudly of. To see Caribbean art find its footing eventually in a globalized world.