Friday 7 August, 2020

Kerwin G Ebanks will debut art made of 'coastal refuse' at solo show

Cayman Handmade Collective will be hosting an opening reception for Manavelins, featuring a dozen 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional works by Caymanian artist, Kerwin G Ebanks. 

The event will take place on July 31, at 5 pm at the Cayman Handmade Collective at Unit 6, 72 North Church Street, which is next to Digicel's waterfront store. Carpooling is encouraged.  

True to the name — manavelins, which means scraps or odds and ends — all works are comprised primarily of refuse that has been found washed up on the coasts of Grand Cayman. 

The process to conceptualize, collect materials and transform what was once cheap and discarded into these works of art, has taken countless hours over three years to create.

Ebanks states: "I grew up fishing and snorkelling with my uncles and cousins; I hail from a seafaring family.  It seemed very natural that my practice as an artist reflects that. The sea is my muse. Over the past few years, however, I've encountered much more trash on the beaches. As a marine artist, I owe it to my sons to, at least, try to preserve the way of life that I so cherish."

Ebanks' beachcombing finds have been supplemented with additional items from organizations such as the Cayman Islands Department of Environment, Plastic Free Cayman and Trash Talks Cayman.

Entry is complimentary and wine and canapes will be served at the reception.   

As an added dimension, prizes will be available, as there are several interactive elements in the exhibition.  A cash bar will provide other options and all of its proceeds benefit Plastic Free Cayman's education initiatives. 

The exhibition will run for the month of August and can be viewed during regular business hours of 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Saturday. 

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