A quick glimpse into the creative process of an artist

The National Gallery has once again embarked on its lunchtime lecture series with Kerri Anne Chisholm sharing her love of black, white and shadows. 

For Kerri Anne Chisholm a life working in the arts was in the cards. 

So it was only natural that Chisholm kicked off the National Gallery’s lunchtime lecture series last month. 

During the half hour lecture, listeners heard about Kerri’s creative experience and how the artist approaches her work. 

“I try to centre myself and most of what happens is not a product of thought and is not necessarily a conscious thing. I am usually consumed by the drawing in front of me,” she figured. 

“You have to develop the ability to get into that frame of mind and there is a lot of inspiration in the Cayman Islands, you just have to be open to it,” she continued. 

Born in Grand Cayman, Kerry-Anne was constantly surrounded by art. Her father, a talented woodcarver and metal designer and her mother a fashion designer; her foray into the world of arts was in some ways predestined. However, it was not until the last year of school- with the encouragement of her teacher Lynn Husemann – that she decided to pursue a degree in fine art. 

Having completed a one-year internship with the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands in 2009-2010, she focused her attention to earning a bachelor of art at Oxford Brookes University, in Oxford, United Kingdom. 

Kerri Anne’s future aspiration is to attain a master of fine art in curatorial studies once she has completed her bachelor’s degree. 

Primarily interested in using charcoal drawings to capture emotions of others, she has recently begun working with traditional black and white photography because of the ability to have ultimate control of the final print. 

“Like applying charcoal to paper, black and white photography grants infinite possibilities to manipulate and alter the final print seen by the viewer,” explained Kerri Anne, who added, “Our world presents us with a plethora of colour, however when analysed in black and white the relational contours and intertwining complexity of movements of our surroundings become more distinct. I wish to capture the true essence and persona of each subject I photograph.” 

Though she loves to work with black and white, Kerri Anne does also express her self in colour and according to the artist, “If a colour really ‘pops’ to me, I will use a digital camera but when its shapes and shadows, it is definitely more interesting for me to work with black and white.” 

The ethos behind the National Gallery’s A day in the Life programme as stated by the Gallery is, “By working in the public eye, each artist is challenged to emerge from the confines of their regular practice and to explore the significance of relationships between the artists and viewer in the development of their work.” 

In the ongoing series each featured artist will give guests a glimpse into their private worlds and the methodology behind their application of their artistic talents. 

Other artists scheduled to take part in A day in the Life include Wray Banker and Nasaria Suckoo-Chollette. 

National Gallery Communications and Marketing Manager Mona Lisa Watler pointed out that Kerry Anne’s artistic development was also truly rewarding for the Gallery as it was evidence of how the internship that she and other young artists underwent can help them to have etch out a certain focus moving forward in their careers.  

“So far our interns have been encouraging and rewarding our efforts and we see them flourishing in their artistic journeys lets us know that it is worth the effort of all involved.” 

Watler explained that for the past nine years the internship programme has been sponsored by Deutche Bank, which pays the interns salaries. 

“They learn everything; marketing, mounting exhibitions and everything that will assist them in all aspects of the culture and business and they are paid, which makes the experience rewarding and encouraging on many different levels for the young artists coming through.”