I am interested in depicting a black Barbadian experience. My work focuses a lot on my own personal experience as a black Barbadian Artist but I also touch on a more general Caribbean experience in some of my works. I use imagery such as fruits and vegetables I would have grown up seeing, Barbadian folklore character(Mother Sally), seascapes and landscapes as well as many prints traditionally found on fabric in old Barbadian homes. My main goal is to instill a feeling of Nostalgia and or curiosity in the people who view my work. I want the viewer to be entranced in a style of Caribbean art that feels familiar but still relatable. One new body of my work features a character that I call the “Acretia”, she is a spiritual entity whose continence bestows confidence, grace, and beauty on whomever she inhabits. When a person is inhabited by the Acretia they take on a look of regality which intern makes the viewer pay attention to the message being conveyed. My newest body of work focuses on bridging the gap between the realistic and the idealistic view of my island Barbados. — Akilah Watts
Akilah Watts is a Barbadian Contemporary Artist who received her Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art in 2017 and went on to participate in Prizm Art Fair of that same year. Watts works with a number of media including drawing, painting, mixed media, sculpture as well as high and low relief paintings. Watts has exhibited locally (Barbados) in a number of group exhibitions and hosted her first solo show in March 2019. She has also exhibited Internationally in Miami and Romania and has been featured online in exhibitions, auctions, articles, and shops such as Les iles and Ebony Art Spot.
Watts has been featured in a few local publications such as the Easy magazine and the M People magazine and internationally online on Troo Gallery and Les iles. Watts is currently working on multiple bodies of work. One focuses on her relationship with natural hair and her Caribbean roots, while another body of work entitled “Moments From My Island Home” is her way of bridging the gap between the realistic and the idealistic view of her island Barbados.
We love the work of Akilah Watts! She is articulate in her presentation. She makes you feel warm and invited into her world, her work presents a life she feels strongly about. Beautiful black people in images that play a pivotal role in uplifting brown and black people. She is presenting an image that is always needed in the culture of the world as we know it!
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