We had the good fortune of connecting with Anna Gibson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anna, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Growing up I always enjoyed drawing and crafting at every chance, so it was a natural progression of interest throughout my primary to tertiary school experience. As I learnt more about the concepts and history surrounding art, I became more compelled to present my thoughts and ideas based on my own experiences and perspectives.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a Barbadian contemporary artist and my art speaks on body manipulation that is directly derived from my personal experiences and perspective, so in that way it is unique. I’m also influenced by outside experiences from media intake combining beautification objectives to the black Caribbean standpoint of beauty. One of the most thrilling experiences in my career so far was having the opportunity to paint the 60 x 30-foot wall of the General Post office in Bridgetown, Barbados alongside two other artists Alanis Forde and Akilah Watts. Being that high up and vulnerable was quite the experience but being able to literally leave our stamp in Barbados as a collective, is an awesome accomplishment. Building up this career isn’t easy and I’m still not quite where I would like to be but, taking on various challenges and not being reluctant to take risks within my artwork, has helped my development. I’m happy to have been able to partake in various local exhibits like UN women’s 1in3 Art Exhibition’ at the UN House Barbados, ‘Young Artist’ at The Barbados Arts Council Art Gallery, and more. As for what I would like people to take from my artwork, I hope that it can challenge the regurgitated visual aspects of human relationships and provoke conversations about our evolving interpretation of self.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
For a trip here to the Islands, the Beach is a must, taking advantage of their easy access to play and swim in the water, preferably with some picnic gear accompanied by some Bajan finger foods like fishcakes and a cooler of cold mauby drink. I would also recommend taking a long drive throughout the country while visiting great spots like Bathsheba, the animal flower cave, and Harrison’s cave for some beautiful scenery. Perfect for photo ops.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’m thankful to my parents who have always supported my artistic capabilities and have allowed me to develop and freely delve into what I’ve always wanted to do. Also, a big shoutout to my best friends and comrades in art, Alanis Forde and Akilah Watts, two talented artists that I work alongside and continue to be a support and inspiration to me.