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Artist Statement

Emerging artist Monique Gilpin creates highly saturated photographic images of black bodies reminiscent of porcelain, in three dimensional empty space. ‘The Porcelain Series’ is a dialogue between the tensions of stability/instability which emerge in the traditional and contemporary lived realities of domesticity and the notion of ‘Home’. Porcelain figurines are commonplace in traditional Caribbean households. As documented in Michael McMillans ‘The West Indian Living Room’, 2009, the front room, in which porcelain figurines hold a particular place harking to British sensibilities, is ‘a conservative element of Black domestic life which is more complex and rich than the generality of the society ever realises.' This traditional domestic object is imbued with powerful colonial fractures and meanings, and yet simultaneously embody a predictable and stabilising force in the Caribbean psyche of ‘Home’. Monique seeks to explore visual expressions of this fracture and its containment in the contemporary identity experience.

Born in Montego Bay, Jamaica in 1985,  Monique graduated the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in 2006 where she pursued Fine Arts Painting, Photography and Graphic Design. Monique has participated in the Jamaica Biennial at National Gallery of Jamaica, in which she was nominated for the prestigious Aaron Matalon award for artistic achievement in 2014, and in 2017, and in the ‘Young Talent’ exhibition in 2015. In 2017, she was included in a group exhibition at Blak Dot Gallery, in Melbourne Australia. In 2018 Monique was included in Suzie Wong Presents’ ‘1:54 Special Project ‘Required Reading’, and group exhibition at National Gallery West ‘I Will Return Again’.


She currently lives in Montego Bay, and continues to work as an artist and curator at National Gallery West. Monique is an incredible single parent to two beautiful children!



Curated by Suzie Wong Presents, Jamaica, in collaboration with 198 Contemporary

Arts and Learning



Monique participates in young tallent 2015,

held at the National Gallery of Jamaica


1. Monique Gilpin

"Porcelain disposition i," 2015

Digital print on PVC, Limited edition of 3

40" x 60"  (101.6 x 152.4 cm)

4. Monique Gilpin

"Porcelain disposition iv," 2015

Digital print on PVC, Limited edition of 3

40" x 60" (152.4 x 101.6 cm)

2. Monique Gilpin

"Porcelain disposition ii," 2015

Digital print on PVC, Limited edition of 3

40" x 60"  (101.6 x 152.4 cm)

3. Monique Gilpin

"Porcelain disposition iii," 2015

Digital print on PVC, Limited edition of 3

40" x 60" (101.6 x 152.4 cm)

5. Monique Gilpin

"Lives Matter, Porcelain," 2018

Digital print on PVC, Limited edition of 3

60" x40" (152.4 x 101.6 cm)

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