Kereina Chang Fatt
(Jamaica, b. 1975)
Kerina Chang Fatt was born in Jamaica into a family of Chinese descent. In 1966, she obtained her diploma in painting from the Edna Manley College, and in 2009 earned her MA in art education from a joint program between her alma mater and Ohio State University. Fatt’s work deals with issues of gender, including the unique challenges faced by women artists throughout their careers. She also questions the categorization of art by gender. As she explains:
"Art has the unique capacity to transcend gender roles or expectations and in its message stereotypes may be examined, challenged, reinforced or altogether shattered. What is women’s art? Is it timid, thoughtful, subdued, feisty, fearless, passionate, subversive? Is it solely art created by a woman? Or is it art created for women with themes uniquely woman? Perhaps women’s art encompasses all these ideas or maybe there can be no definitive answer. Women’s art can be as mysterious as the idea of woman herself and with certainty, somewhere within it all, there is a story being told."
Fatt's pieces do not directly address the influence of her roots and family legacy; that is, she does not make art that is overtly about her Chinese descent. The selection of her work for this exhibition demonstrates, among other things, that in some cases the Asian diaspora to Latin America—or, as here, the Caribbean—does not necessarily define the work of an artist; and (equally) may not define the artist as a person. It may be so distantly rooted in the persona that these cease to be significant variables.