Cayman (artists) Reflections

“Verdant shores, aqua waters and vibrant skies” are the common themes among the new exhibit Cayman Reflections now on display at The Gallery at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.

“Cayman Reflections is a literal reflection of life here in Cayman. Within that context, one can clearly see the reflective themes of love, peace, chaos, celebration, pain and the past,” says Chris Christian, who is presenting the collection. “The contemporary and deep images are particularly prominent in the pieces that showcase Cayman’s renowned pristine waters.”

Christian is presenting the work of local artists, including Avril Ward, Gordon Solomon and Hannah Cook.

“We want the public to see the wealth of artistic talent we have right here in the Cayman Islands. The versatility is evident in the pieces we have showcased in The Gallery. From acrylic to mosaic to sculptures, to fine art photography, artists’ works span over 25,000 square feet of wall space at The Gallery,” he says. “That in itself is indicative of the kind of artistic mediums artists here are proficient in and are able to produce prolifically.”

The show will run until early May.

“It’s an honour to work with these artists,” Christian says.

Mosaic

One of the first pieces one sees when bending around the hallway corridor of the Gallery is Hannah Cook’s 58-inch by 58-inch tile work called Fish Mosaic.

This particular piece uses ceramic tiles, beach glass, vitreous glass and glass beads to create the balanced look of fish swimming in a harmonious pattern through sea grass.

“What’s so cool about tile is it’s such a rigid medium, or people can think that, but you can add a lot of movement into it by the way you lay them and cut them,” Cook says.

Fish Mosaic took her a couple of months to complete, but that is with starts and stops because of the materials’ harshness on her hands. Plus, there is the actual design side of it and the actual physical work involved, she says

Cook does work for homes, commercial environments and public spaces all across the island.

“What I tend to do now is take ideas of what the client wants, and then I’ll actually do a painting of it – a rough composition, rough colour,” she says. “Then I decide what materials are the best.”

For Fish Mosaic, she was limited because the tiles and glass were all found materials.

“I kind of like the limitations and parameters of that,” she says.

Cook works in many different mediums, and she is looking forward to working in sculpture. She pushes herself to do the best work.

“You’re never satisfied with anything you ever do,” she says. “Then you come out the other side and you’re really glad you got that last thing, whatever it was.”

To view more of her work, visit www.hannahcook.com