Biography

Jasmine Thomas-Girvan was born in the parish of St Andrew in Jamaica in 1961. Her formative years were spent in an environment that nurtured her relationship with the nature. The tree filled ‘wonderland’ hidden behind the walls of her parent’s Molynes Road home, belied its urban location and helped to further fuel the fascination with flora and fauna and dualities of meaning evidenced in her work.

During that time, she also developed an affinity for found objects – both man-made and natural – which, when incorporated in to her sculptures, function as artefacts, repositories and ciphers for the unique histories of the Americas.

A sculptor, trained in jewellery and textile design, Jasmine received her BFA from the Parsons School of Design and has more recently explored paper making and glass blowing techniques. Her work has evolved during her career from more intimately sized, often wearable objects, to large scale installations with multimedia elements.

Jasmine’s sculptures and installations are as multifaceted as the region in which they were created. The magical realist elements evidenced within them reference ancestral memories, indigenous African cosmologies, postcolonial regional politics, race relations in both the Caribbean and Latin America as well as deeply personal, sometimes tragic aspects of her life. She has oftentimes been inspired by and sometimes referenced the works of writers such as Octavio Paz and Olive Senior.

Jasmine lives and works in Maraval, Trinidad.

Awards

  • Tiffany Scholarship for Excellence Award
    Tiffany Company in Association with Parsons School of Design (1984)
  • National Biennial (2012)
    Aaron Matalon Award for Best in Show
  • Silver Musgrave Award
    Institute of Jamaica (2014)

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