dready carnival time again

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                             dready ‘3 steppaz’ – 12×24 – image

last year at carnival time i drew the steppa on the far left, so much music and t’ing was going around in our world at the time that I felt the urge …

then half way between then and now I drew the nex’ steppa on the right: had seen this photo of frankie, his last post on instagram, and it was cool cool cool and i felt i had to create a character from the sway he had going on …

and now, is carnival time again, eh … jamaica carnival two weeks ago, batabanoo last week, caymas this week and i had in my mind this idea of more dancers together … so see we here …

dancing to the music of time kinda t’ing

and, at the same time I was at a talk at the National Gallery in a room with a piece of my art, Moko Jumbies – which is in the new biennial as well as having been purchased by the gallery and the government as a piece of culturally significant art – and thought you know, this dready, 3 Steppaz, may not seem like the same ‘story’ as Moko Jumbies (which was also drawn around carnival time) with the same emotions about dance and music and life of where we come from … it doesn’t carry on its surface the same symbolism that people see in Moko Jumbies, but it is the same story, just one told from a different perspective …

movements …

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