The NGJ is pleased to announce that Laura Facey has been awarded the 2010 Aaron Matalon Award for her installation Plumb Line in the 2010 National Biennial.
Laura Facey was born in 1954 in Kingston. She was educated at the Jamaica School of Art (now Edna Manley College), the West Surrey College of Art and the Rhode Island School of Design. She was awarded the Institute of Jamaica’s 2006 Silver Musgrave Medal. Laura Facey has exhibited in Jamaica and internationally since the mid 1970s. Her most recent solo exhibition, Propel, was held at the Roktowa is 2010. She lives and works in St Ann.
The mixed media installation Plumb Line consists of large wooden objects, a plumb and needles. Part of a recent series of works that explore the formal and symbolic potential of tool forms, exquisitely carved in local woods, the installation has a stark beauty that requires the viewer to experience the space by walking around in it. The sound track, which combines water sounds and an Indian prayer sung by Charmaine Lemonious, adds to the ceremonial quality of the work.
The 2010 Aaron Matalon Award was announced at the opening of the 2010 National Biennial on Sunday, December 12. The Award is granted to the artist who, in the opinion of the Exhibition and Acquisition Committees of the NGJ, has presented the most outstanding work or group of works in that year’s National Biennial. It was named in tribute to the late Hon. Aaron Matalon, O.J., former Chairman and benefactor of the NGJ. The award involves a cash prize and a uniquely designed and produced medal (made by noted Jamaican jeweler Carol Campbell). As of 2010, a work by the Aaron Matalon Award winner will be featured on the catalogue cover of the next National Biennial. This year, we feature the 2008 winner, Phillip Thomas, with his painting The N-Train. In 2012, Laura Facey will be similarly featured.
The 2010 National Biennial, and Laura Facey’s Plumb Line, will be on view until March 5, 2011. We extend a special invitation for members of the public to join us on Wednesday, December 15, when we will be open until 10 pm for Christmas in the City – Downtown Comes Alive.