Dede Brown is a Bahamian artist living and working in Nassau, The Bahamas. After completing her fine arts degree at The Savannah College of Art and Design, she returned home to integrate her skills and passion across three disciplines – art, design and photography. Both her artwork and photography have been featured in several exhibitions in The Bahamas, England and in online media, print and local public spaces.
Dylan Rapillard was born in 1979, Freeport, Grand Bahama and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management from Ecole Hoteliere De Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland in 2002. His works include a mix of textile designs, photography, sketches works in progress, paintings, sculptures and screenprints. Rapillard is currently is the Master Printer and Print Designer at Bahama Hand Prints, Nassau, Bahamas. Dylan is a very talented artist who is known for fragmenting, distorting and reassembling his subjects in multi-media pieces.
This art piece strives to remove the social stigmas surrounding our identities relative to race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, body type and personality, all of which suffer great discrimination, criticism and judgment in a variety of different contexts. By applying the wall pattern to the surface of each figure – the figures of a selected diverse group of individuals currently residing in The Bahamas – and then strategically mounting the cutout figures to the wall, the artist hopes to realign our focus. This piece serves to evoke positive thoughts and conversation about all of the attributes that makes us similar and different, culturally, as individuals, families, as a nation, and to stop focusing on the negative. We may not be there yet, but let’s at least think about it, discuss it and try to get there.