Butterfield Bank (Cayman) Limited opened its latest art exhibition in the Butterfield Hall of Art. Titled “Vertebytes,” the exhibition of works by artist Kaitlyn Elphinstone, is curated by local artist David Bridgeman.
Vertebytes opened 1 July to customers and the public and runs until November. The Hall of Art, located on the second floor of Butterfield’s flagship building, Butterfield Place, is a public space dedicated to featuring the artworks of emerging artists.
With a background in Visual Studies and Art History from the University of Toronto, Ms Elphinstone’s work remains conceptually grounded.
“The formal setting and urban landscape of Toronto allowed me to refine my visual and conceptual vocabulary, a vocabulary that emerged through a focus on the intersection between natural and man-made constructs,” Ms Elphinstone said.
She recently returned to Cayman after completing an MA in Arts Policy and Management at Birkbeck, University of London.
“The opportunity to live, work and exhibit in London gave me exposure to diverse artist communities, creative trends and contemporary happenings,” she said.
In October 2010, she completed her dissertation on organising creativity, inspiring her to develop her art practice and actively contribute to the community through creativity.
The exhibition Vertebytes examines life instances through a series of 15 digitally constructed images. The images and exhibition layout explores everyday occurrences though various themes such as the concept of time, our understanding of process, our experience of rhythm, movement and repetition.
Constructed from the original work “Vertebytes” currently on display at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, the exhibition remains consistent with Ms Elphinstone’s process-intensive approach. The image stills have been derived from video, then digitally constructed to suspend animated instances into single visual images. The process was initiated by an exploration into the disparities between human and digital capacities in evoking life instances or memories.
“The Butterfield Hall of Art is the perfect place for emerging artists to experience their first solo exhibition, as the space provides great exposure for new artists on a daily basis. It is important for all artists to exhibit, not only for the commercial aspect but, in my opinion and more importantly, to reflect on the work that has been done,” David Bridgeman said.