dutty-tuff: omens of things to come, c. 2021, Courtesy of the Artist

Simonette Quamina

b. 1982, Ontario, Canada; lives and works in New York, NY

Using hand-manipulated materials and a sophisticated combination of drawing, collage,and printmaking techniques, such as woodcut, collagraph, embossed print, frottage, and monoprint, Simonette Quamina creates works on paper that are simultaneously delicate and monumental. Referring to her personal history growing up between Canada, Guyana, Saint Vincent, and the United States, Quamina’s artworks suggest elusive narratives involving childhood and nature. She combines detailed areas that are decidedly figurative with others that are semi-abstract in their use of patterns, textures, and architectural surfaces. dutty-tuff: omens of things to come is a new work created for La Trienal that refers to the coming of age of her grandfather as a child laborer in the sugarcane fields of Guyana. Through such works, says Quamina, she aims to “explore and challenge some preconceived, romanticized ideas of the Caribbean.”

Utilizando materiales manipulados a mano y unasofisticada combinación de técnicas de dibujo,collage y grabado como la xilografía, elcollagraph, la impresión en relieve, el frottage y la monocopia, Simonette Quamina crea obras sobre papel que sona la vez delicadas y monumentales. Aludiendo a su historia personal creciendo entre Canadá, Guyana, San Vicente y Estados Unidos, las obras de Quamina sugieren narrativas elusivas relacionadas con la infancia y la naturaleza. Combina áreas detalladas que son decididamente figurativas con otras semiabstractas a través del empleo de patrones, texturas y superficies arquitectónicas. dutty-tuff: omens of things to come (dutty-tuff: presagios de loque vendrá) es una nueva obra creada para La Trienal. La pieza hace referencia a la experiencia de su abuelo como niño trabajador en los campos de caña de azúcar de Guyana. Con estas obras, Quamina afirmaque pretende “explorar y desafiar algunas ideas preconcebidas y romantizadas del Caribe.”