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START Gallery | Kaya Panthier | Heat Damage

March 26 - April 8

Blending superstition and ritual with family history and portraiture, Heat Damage explores the intersecting experiences of Womanhood, Blackness, and Afro-Caribbean identity. These themes are represented through reference to the body, Caribbean proverbs, and spiritual traditions. This exhibition also highlights fishing traditions, specifically the practice of gutting and cleaning fish — an important aspect of my father's upbringing in the fishing town of Portsmouth, Dominica.

Allusion to worship and spirituality is an extension of my approach to painting, which sees the process of creation as an expression of love and reverence. Heat Damage is a product of that practice, emphasizing how painting allows the artist to dedicate time and energy through the consideration of each subject, creating a process which resembles spiritual worship.


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