The Matriarch by Charmaine Watkiss

Charmaine Watkiss: The Wisdom Tree


27 May 2022 - 30 October 2022

Venue Leeds Art Gallery

Tags Art, Display, Exhibitions,

Explore the wisdom, strength and resilience of Caribbean women across generations in this new exhibition by London-based artist Charmaine Watkiss.

Part of the Jamaica Society Leeds Out of Many Festival which marks 60 years of Jamaican Independence, the exhibition showcases a recent body of work that acknowledges and celebrates the experiences and contributions of people of Jamaican heritage in the UK.

Being Charmaine’s first institutional solo show, The Wisdom Tree includes a number of her signature large-scale drawings as well as more private artworks and notebooks. Highly symbolic, subtle and poetic, Charmaine’s drawings fuse the artist’s interests in herbalism, alchemy and history. Researching the medicinal and physical capabilities of plants, she has personified a matrilineal pantheon of guardians safeguarding and facilitating cross-generational knowledge and empowerment.

Please check our what’s on page for the supporting programme of events. On 27 October you can catch Charmaine Watkiss and Rommi Smith in conversation at the gallery. Please book ahead via Eventbrite.

Image: Charmaine Watkiss, The Matriarch, 2021 (detail). © The Artist

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