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New show of artistic talent with social conscience

Arts and Culture 17 May, 2021 Follow News

New show of artistic talent with social conscience

Tiffany Polloni

Tiffany Polloni is a bright talent who is about to showcase her artistic endeavours at her first solo show to be held at Mojo (otherwise known as Central Terrace), the gastropub located upstairs from Kirk Freeport in Bayshore Mall. Tiffany says she is incredibly excited to be exhibiting her paintings in the show, which is called ‘Lookya’.

Demonstrating a passionate social conscience, Tiffany uses art to express her thoughts on current issues which, she said, demanded attention.

“I feel a strong responsibility to address some of our Caymanian societal woes as of late,” she said. “I believe in speaking out when an injustice takes place. Those who know me well, know that I can be quite outspoken and my recent work is giving me another voice.”

Tiffany said she was not afraid of rocking the boat a little, and the past year, leading up to the recent elections, highlighted so much in Cayman’s small society, that some boat rocking had been warranted, she confirmed.

No stranger to exhibiting her art along with others, Tiffany has had her works in several local exhibitions before this solo show under the moniker of ‘EthelandCharlie’, which is a dedication to her Cayman Brac grandparents and their love of all things Caymanian.

Lookya is a collection of 11 original watercolours, thematically covering a range of current affairs with an overarching undercurrent of female empowerment, she said.

Brigita Nemet is the proprietor of Mojo, which has recently converted some of its space to show artworks for two other exhibitions.

“Central Terrace’s ethos is to connect people through art, music, sustainable living and food. We have represented all these aspects since we opened seven years ago,” Brigita said. “I am so very happy that this such a great space to socialise, for people from all walks of life to get together.”

Brigita said she felt Tiffany’s work has such an urgency in its message and, although overtly stated, it was handled delicately.

“Her choice of medium helps with that,” she stated.

Co-curator for the show, Kerwin G. Ebanks, said: “As a self-taught painter her saturated palette is reminiscent of Janet Walker and Joanne Sibley’s watercolours; she handles that and penwork with sensibilities much like Debbie Van Der Bol. She has little gems throughout her works that you have to see in person to truly appreciate.”

Admission to view Lookya is free to the public Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 10pm. The public is also encouraged to meet the artist and enjoy complimentary bubbles at 5pm on Saturday 22nd May.

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