The Jamaica Biennial 2017 features a four-panel collage by Prudence Lovell, of which two panels are illustrated here. The work can be viewed until May 28 at the National Gallery of Jamaica in downtown Kingston.
Prudence Lovell was born in Framlingham, Suffolk, England. Lovell was educated at the Kingston on Thames Art College and at the Manchester Polytechnic, in England. She has for many years taught at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, School of Visual Arts and produces works in paint, collage and drawing media. She has exhibited locally and internationally and this includes many exhibitions at the National Gallery of Jamaica, most recently Explorations 3: Seven Women Artists in 2015 and Digital in 2016. “The present work seeks to illuminate the contemporary moment of instability and hazard. It contemplates battered black boxes as metaphors for destruction and peril but also as repositories of explanation and knowledge, at the same time as using them as vehicles for allegory and allusion. Collage and imagery reveal and conceal in equal measure but neither the title, ‘..a huge and birdless silence’ (taken from a Philip Larkin poem), nor the work itself offers any ultimate comfort.” Lovell lives in St Andrew, Jamaica.