Remembering the past through art

Judith Salmon

New survey showcases work of Jamaican artist Judith Salmon

The stories of the past, if cherished, can both transcend and challenge across generations and national borders. This power of memory shared, particularly among the Caribbean Diaspora, will be the focus of renowned Jamaican-born artist Judith Salmon’s new exhibition, “Memories and the Carriage of Feet,” which opened this week at the KROMA Gallery in Miami.

The exhibit surveys a significant body of her work, including paintings, mixed media and installations. The same show was also recently exhibited at the popularly received Explorations 111 show at the National Gallery of Jamaica. Audiences who visited Salmon’s exhibits had the opportunity to interact with her “Pockets of Memories” piece, where they could share a memory by leaving a note or token in the crochet pockets.

“Pockets of Memory” is also include in Salmon’s show at KROMA Gallery, and South Florida visitors will also be encouraged to continue the engagement and interaction with the work. These items will later be consolidated to create a new work, tying the shared memories of the Diaspora into a thought-provoking installation. The show runs until March 13.

Judith Salmon was born in the Caribbean island of Jamaica in 1952, and is now based in Florida. She has received several awards for painting from the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission, and received a Professional Artist Development Grant from the Pinellas Arts Council in Florida. Salmon is the latest artist being featured by KROMA, new collective art space located on Grand Avenue in the heart of Coconut Grove, dedicated to showcasing creative works from the African Diaspora.

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