ART AT HOME FT KERRY-ANN CLARKE
They say home is where the heart is. No matter where you may travel, what wonderful properties you may temporarily occupy, your home will always be the place for which you feel the deepest affection. Be it in how you may have designed the window above your tub to take full advantage of northern sunsets or the choice of hillside versus coastline for your general build. Or, maybe it’s that perfectly colored canvas from an unknown artist that hustled you out of US$400 in Italy. Or that juxtaposed abstract sculpture you scored from a final year exhibition at Edna Manley Art School. However you may arrive at it, making home ‘home’ is a deeply personal and ‘can-be-adventurous’ journey. A journey most will remember forever.
Kerry-Ann Clarke, design maven and Managing Director of KERRY manwomanhome knows a thing or two about art, heart and home. Her most recent trip pays homage to that, adding a tale or two to her storied art at home. South Africa was evidently a popular vacation destination this summer. But for Kerry, a true lover of animals and a mindful globetrotter, the Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge gave to her more than just fabulous posts for social media. This month we accept an invitation inside Clarke’s carib-contemporary home in Waterworks for conversations for the heART and home.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL MOODIE
WHEN IN AFRICA
At the edge of Kruger National Park, where the Sand River swerves south to meet the Sabie River, the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve plays host to a shifting cast of Africa’s legendary animals. A few week ago, this is where Kerry called home. Close by is where she found her latest art piece to add to her conscious collection of art for the heart - a precious ostrich egg decorated in traditional African symbols.
Rashade St Patrick: Of all the things one would think to fly across the Atlantic and take home, why an egg?
Kerry-Ann Clarke: The medium of art on eggs holds a unique significance, not only in its fragility, but also, in the words of author Norman Brosterman, “as nature’s most perfect creation and manifestation of life and birth.” I have always admired any form of art on eggs...carvings, painting, dying..the works. I literally gawk at Faberge eggs! Whenever I travel I consciously make an effort to purchase a part of the people's culture..something that tells a story and something that I can incorporate into my everyday life. Ostrich eggs plays an important part in tribal rituals and have many different connotations in different societies. This artistic creation tells the perfect story that reflects the history, culture, and tradition of the people.They possess the secret to life symbolising rebirth and is often associated with easter, Spring, Dawn, and creation.
SAKE, BY OLIVER MYRIE
Sake is Kerry’s spaniel-mix ‘doggy’ that lives, works and plays with her. Oliver is one of Jamaica's foremost young artists. His use of vibrant textural abstractions manages to perfectly grasp a commissioner's ambitions every time. The piece hangs in the home’s well-lit room facing the Stony Hills. Set among tropical plants and contemporary furnishings, it’s the perfect ode to style, comfort and homeliness.
How did this commission come about?
Kerry-Ann Clarke: I met Oliver through a friend of mine who is a collector. I had ‘Sake’ with me. After chatting to Oliver and admiring his work in his studio, I commissioned him to 'work his magic' and surprise me. What I enjoy about the piece the most is that it is truly a conversation piece. Yes it is abstract, but It absolutely captures what it was intended to.
TAKE IT TO THE HEAD
The work of Gene Pearson is often seen in homes across the island. Chances are you’ll have seen many heads in varying sizes bring life and energy to waiting rooms, sitting rooms, bathrooms and porches alike. His work is elemental, his signature Nubian masks and heads has catapulted him to arguably become the most collected Jamaican sculptor in history.
With Gene, every head has a place. Where is your ‘headspace’?
Kerry-Ann Clarke: This masterpiece was made for me for my meditation room. The rounded and elegant curves brings me peace and calmness. and evokes feelings of equilibrium. I love everything about Gene and his work; his spirit, his vibe and his workmanship. He truly is a person I enjoy in every way. I’m glad to have his work in my home.
We worry a lot about how our homes look, but how they make us feel, emotionally and physically, is far more important. So no, don’t go in search of homeliness just in beautiful things and expensive things and things you see in other people’s homes. Find comfort in things in spaces that you may tell a story or two about. That you may take with you wherever you may want to call home 10 years from now - be it an apartment, a sprawling eight-bedroom mansion or even a cabin in the woods. That ostrich egg will always find a space to live and contribute. So the next time you think about decorating, do it for the senses and the heART.