Nakazzi Tafari is an artist whose roots are entangled in Jamaica and Barbados. She has exhibited at The National Galleries of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Florida. Nakazzi’s work has also been shown in New York and Berlin. She is the featured artist at the newly constructed Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.
While Nakazzi’s art manifests her cultural heritage but also contains universal qualities with aesthetic that is sensual and ethereal. Nakazzi deploys mixed media techniques to piece together diverse materials such as clay, tree bark, twigs, resin and seeds creating substantial pieces that defy the ephemerality of their elements. Her trademark hand-painted ceramic masks afford her a certain artistic freedom to play with genre boundaries. As the artist reveals: “This work represents a leap forward in the spirit of independence and faith”.
Thematically, these masks veiled in mystery invite us to delve into places of our mind that originate in a reflective, spiritual plane. These angelic spirits seem suspended between the ethereal and the earth-bound. They appear fragile but also eternal. This body of work has become transcendent, most likely inspired by increasing awareness of life’s transient nature and the metamorphic process of life after life.