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Artists: Robert “Toby” Grant

Artist Statement

I use environmental art as an approach to addressing social issues and political concerns.

A converting listening device, commonly use in espionage and in police investigations The Bug shown in the exhibition is a representation of technology being used in a so called Third World country such as Jamaica, to help in the interception of conversations by "Criminals Elements". The sculpture, made from old police bike parts depicts the reality of the May 23, 2011West Kingston Excursion, where over 70 civilians were killed as a result. The work explores the advanced technological help given to the Jamaica Defence Force by the United State. The bug- like feature of the piece shows the natural interaction and comparison between man and his environment. The work also depicts the bug as a weapon and carrier of information. I believe that, just how the bug is use for a weapon of destruction, why not let it be for creation.

Biography
Robert “Toby” Grant received a Diploma in Fine Art from the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts IN 2008. He currently lives and works in Llandewey, St. Thomas, Jamaica.

Exhibitions

  • Solo exhibition: Fall From Grace Instalment at Phillip Sherlock Centre at the University of the West Indies
  • 2008
    • Creation, Edna Manley College: Final year show
  • 2009  Solo exhibition: Fall From Grace Instalment at Phillip Sherlock Centre at the University of the West Indies
  • 2010
    • Permanent Sculpture for IAAS 100th Boys and Girls Championship, “Hands of Gold”
    • Curated Exhibition: Edna Manley College of Visual Arts Final Year Art Students
Awards, Fellowship, Grants
  • 2004 Sandals Encore Performing Arts Competition; Placed 2nd in the island (received certificate)
  • 2005 Silver medallist, JCDC Fine Art Competition
  • 2009 Recipient of the NCB 2009 Calendar Awards

SELECTED WORKS

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