Subterranean Sentiments of Belonging
Subterranean Sentiments of Belonging documents the erasure of 3 murals created over a period of 1 year (2020–2021), on a single wall at Alice Yard Project Space in Trinidad W.I. These drawings were developed as part of my research into the connections between collective belonging and place attachment, as they exist within the rituals of the Trinidad Carnival and was undertaken during my MRes at University of Westminster.
Each drawing was created through the lens of past, present and future respectively and the (futile) act of erasure intended to explore the entangled nature of these narratives. In Trinidad Carnival praxis, time is embodied, nonlinear, and in each instance of a ritual performed or a character assumed, we exist simultaneously in multiple temporalities. The collective consciousness derived from this is then able to transcend the everyday, as we come to a greater understanding of self, in relation to one another and the environment. It was my intention that as one drawing was erased and the succeeding inscribed over the remnants of the last, a form of palimpsest was created, layering the dialogue between each of these narratives.
Trinidadian interdisciplinary artist Shannon Alonzo has been working in the creative industries since 2011, in a variety of roles from visual art to production design. Her project collaborations include work with design house Meiling Inc and production design for feature films ‘Play the Devil’ and ‘Moving Parts’. Her artistic practice explores themes of collective belonging, place attachment and the significance of carnival ritual to the Caribbean consciousness. In August 2019, Alonzo exhibited an ongoing body of work entitled ‘IMPRINT’ at The Loftt Gallery in Port of Spain. In 2020 she was shortlisted for the Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize and was awarded grants from the 125 Fund and CATAPULT Caribbean Artist Showcase. In the same year, she undertook an artist residency at Alice Yard Project Space and has recently completed a Masters of Research in Creative Practice, at the University of Westminster, UK.