Jacqueline Bishop will exhibit “Daughters of Zion” and “Facing Africa” in the Cleo Driver Miller Art Gallery at Bridgewater College Jan. 5 – Feb. 4.
An artist’s reception will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, in the Miller Gallery. The reception and exhibition are open to the public at no charge.
Bishop’s work integrates the mediums of painting, drawing and photography to explore issues of home, ancestry, family, connectivity and belonging.
“As someone who has lived longer outside of my birthplace of Jamaica, than I have lived on the island,” Bishop said, “I am acutely aware of what it means to be simultaneously an insider and an outsider. Oftentimes I utilize a process of competing narratives to have the viewer participate in the creation of meaning.”
Bishop’s recent work includes “Babylon,” a series whereby she writes the lyrics from songs and poems to create text-based drip paintings leading up to the “Hanging Gardens of Babylon” in which she uses the popular dancehall posters to evoke the inner-city Babylonian “walls” of Kingston.
Her work has been exhibited in Belgium, Italy, Morocco and the United States.
She is also an accomplished poet and writer with five books to her name, including, Writers Who Paint/Painters Who Write: Three Jamaican Artists.
Bishop was a 2008-09 Fulbright Fellow to Morocco and the 2009-10 UNESCO/Fulbright Fellow to Paris. She is a full-time master teacher in the Liberal Studies Program at New York University.
She earned an M.A. in studio art from New York University and is pursuing an M.F.A. in studio art from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.
The Miller Gallery is located on the second floor of the Alexander Mack Memorial Library. The Gallery is open 8 a.m. to midnight Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 to 11 p.m. Sunday.