Portfolio Spotlight: Josephine Metcalf

 

My work explores the themes related to islands. The work investigates past and present events related to islands through the juxtaposition of dark histories with the idealized tropical vacation and existing stereotypes. My work also explores the power of different ways of representations to reveal the various truths and layers of islands. I communicate these themes through the reference of specific islands, abstraction, and the inspiration I gather from artists such as Paul Gauguin and Jonathan Jones. My goal for the work is for the viewer to consider the many stories, layers, interpretations, and representations that make up an island's story and the differing ways these stories are told. --Josephine