Emancipation miniatures

Jamaican artist Laura Facey’s monumental sculpture Redemption Song, commissioned for Emancipation Park in New Kingston, provoked widespread controversy when it was unveiled in 2003. But maybe public disapproval of the nude figures has died down? The Jamaica Observer reports today that Facey has produced “souvenir collectors’ item” miniatures of of Redemption Song in resin and wood, accompanied by a DVD explaining the artist’s inspiration and the process of creating the monument.

Facey's personal experience of 'freedom' while recovering from some of life's challenges influenced the work.

She used prayer, meditation and the power of the mind, thus she resonated deeply with the words, '...none but ourselves can free our mind', first spoken by Marcus Garvey and later sung to fame by Bob Marley.

(Read Petrine Archer-Straw’s profile of Facey, “Beauty and the beast”, in the March/April 2003 issue of Caribbean Beat.)

Nicholas is the editor of Caribbean Beat and editor of The Caribbean Review of Books (CRB). He is also one of the administrators of the contemporary arts space Alice Yard and the Bocas Lit Fest (The Trinidad & Tobago Literary Festival). His reviews, essays, and poems have been published in various periodicals.