My work explores performance and installation art, drawing from the nostalgia of my homeland Jamaica, the commodified imagery of Caribbean primitivism, folklore, fantasy, consumerism, spirituality and nature’s ephemerality.
My recollections come from a childhood reared in the Caribbean, at the edges of standardized Western culture, where daily struggle causes those standards to drift. In some ways my idyllic Jamaica no longer exists. An immigrant’s memory of their country is both frozen in time and lives a life of its own, where it perhaps comes to represent something else entirely. My art aims to pinpoint that fleeting image of a perfect landscape by its raw nature, and wondrous paradox. It is this desire for an ideal landscape that intrigues and invites me to interact with it.
An obsession with capitalism and consumption also informs my process. Objects whether functional or not infiltrate a space and bring into question their purpose or function.The accumulation of goods, luxurious lifestyles, socio-economic changes, and cultural development carry a political and social intent. Natural landscapes set the stage and are combined with these objects in question to accessorize and contextualize the environment. These materials consist of media, costuming, and props that range from handmade to manufactured, and natural to artificial. My performance art stems from a visual standpoint, where I aim to create a “tableau vivant” or a living picture. This is where I utilize scenarios informed by histories, political views and archetypes. I like to highlight traditions, cultural ideologies and the effects of migration and climate change. Often working with site-specificity from country to city, and from suburban to urban I hope to invite the viewer to question respect for societal and cultural norms. Most importantly, the state of our natural world.
Hunter College, New York, N.Y. (M.F.A. in Combined Media 2005)
University of Florida / New World School of the Arts, Miami, F.L. (B.F.A. honors in Painting 1996)
Boston Children’s Museum, “Knot’s Landing”, Boston, M.A.
Mirror Gallery, “The Presence of Our Absence”, Tongzhou District, Beijing, China
Rush Arts Gallery, ”Mildendranthema Grandeflorum’’, New York, N.Y.
SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Royal West Academy of England Academy, ’Jamaican Pulse: Art and Politics from Jamaica and the Diaspora”, Bristol, United Kingdom. (catalog).
The National Gallery of Jamaica, ’digital’, Kingston, Jamaica. (catalog)>
Spring Break Art Fair,‘’Portable Mind’’, New York, N.Y.
Zhongshan Expo Center, The 2nd Zhongshan International Art Expo, “TEMPERATURE”, Guangdong, China (catalog)
Stephen Romano Gallery, “Hieroglyphica”, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, SUNY College at Old Westbury,’’ARS CONTINUUM:Amelie A. Wallace Gallery 1978 to the Present’’, Old Westbury, N.Y.
The Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance, ”Borderless Carribean:Unmapped Trajectories-Annotating Art Histories”, Miami, F.L.
BronxArtSpace, “Synthetic Zero”, Bronx, N.Y.
Westbeth Gallery, “Re-Formed” (NYFA Artists) , New York, N.Y.
MoCADA (Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art) ‘’loop’’, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Art Museum of the Americas, “Outward Reach: 9 Jamaican Photography & New Media Artists” Washington, D.C.
New Orleans Parks, SVA presents Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow’s “Gypsies’ Picnic’’, New Orleans, L.A.
Royal West of England Academy, ‘’Gypsies’ Picnic: The Veins of Oya was Always Here’’, Bristol, United Kingdom.
Lehmann Maupin, Nari Ward’s” Ground:(In Progress)”, New York, N.Y.
ABC No Rio, “Affect Surgery”, New York, N.Y.
You You Contemporary Art Center, “Guangzhou Live 5”, Guangzhou, China
Atlantic Salt, “LUMEN video & performance art festival”, Staten Island, N.Y.
Grace Exhibition Space, ARC Magazine & VOLTA NY presents “Metanoia: Practices of Exhaustion”, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Travel Award, The Consulate General of the United States in Guangzhou, Guangzhou, China
NYFA Fellowship Award (Interdisciplinary Art), New York Foundation for the Arts, New York, N.Y.
RESIDENCIES AND FELLOWSHIPS
NYFA Fellowship (Interdisciplinary Art), New York Foundation for the Arts, New York, N.Y.
Residency, Dong Dong & LuLu Artist Residency, Beijing, China.
Residency for site-specific work, Art Space, UNESCO A.port, Incheon, South Korea.
PUBLICATIONS (Selected Print)
“Jamaican Pulse: Art and Politics from Jamaica and the Diaspora”, Royal West of England Academy, exhibition catalog, Bristol, United Kingdom, 2016. 12,15, 64, 65, 83, 109, 110, 111.
“digital”, April 24-July 4, 2016, The National Gallery Of Jamaica, exhibition catalog, Kingston, Jamaica. 2016. 25,46
“Future of Art– The 2nd International YOUNG Artists Exhibition”, exhibition catalog. Zhong shan, China. 2015. 131, 275
Emergency Index 2012, the Bros. Lumiere for Ugly Duckling Press. Volume 2, pages 320-1.
PUBLICATIONS (Selected Online)
School of Visual Arts MFA Fine Arts, Exhibitions, “Gypsies’ Picnic” July 1, 2016. http://mfafineart.sva.edu/exhibition/gypsies-picnic
“Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow’s Performance Art Creates a Whimsical Environment to Illustrate Harsh Reality.” Super Selected, Art, Performance Art. May 19, 2015. http://superselected.com/jodie-lyn-kee-chows-performance-art-creates-a-whimsical-environment-to-illustrate-harsh-reality/
Scott Lynch, http://gothamist.com/2015/05/17/photos_video_select_art_fairs_brash.php#photo1
David Lagaccia, “An Island of Light and Performance. The 2014 Lumen Art Festival”, Incident Magazine, July 3, 2014
Jacqueline Bishop, “The In-Between Places of Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow’s Visual Art Practice”, HuffingtonPost.com, April 8th,2014.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jacqueline-bishop/the-inbetween-places-of-j_b_5102250.html
Damali Abrams, “Fresh Performance Chapter: Defining Performance”. Interview with Fresh Milk Barbados: a documentary on performance art in monthly installments posted online for six months. May 2, 2013. http://freshmilkbarbados.com/2013/05/02/fresh-performance-chapter-1-defining-performance/
“Jamaican Pulse: Art and Politics from Jamaica and the Diaspora”, Royal West of England Academy, exhibition catalog, Bristol, UK, 2016. 12, 15, 64, 65, 83,109,110,111.
“digital”, April 24-July 4, 2016 , The National Gallery Of Jamaica, exhibition catalog, Kingston, Jamaica. 2016. 25,46
Jacqueline Bishop, “The In-Between Places of Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow’s Visual Art Practice”, HuffingtonPost.com, April 8th,2014. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jacqueline-bishop/the-inbetween-places-of-j_b_5102250.html
Adjunct Professor of Art, MFA, School of Visual Arts, New York, N.Y.
Visiting Artist and Graduate Critiques, School of Visual Arts MFA, New York, N.Y.
Spring Break Art Fair, “Portable Mind: Mind over Matter”, (performance art) New York, N.Y.