Artist Highlight – Kenneth Blackman
The Old Cane Cutter
Kenneth Blackman

Have you had a chance to check out Biodiversity Barbados’ Virtual Art Exhibition?

The Ministry of Environment is delighted to once again be working with artists in Barbados to highlight biodiversity and the environment on International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB).  IDB was celebrated on Sunday May 22nd under the theme is ‘Building a Shared Future for All Life’ with the Ministry’s second annual Virtual Art Exhibition.  This year’s Art Exhibit features 30 pieces from different local artists, highlighting the theme of ‘Nature’, and throughout the months of May and June, Biodiversity Barbados will be highlighting the contributing artists and their art.

Today we highlight this mahogany sculpture by Kenneth Blackman entitled ‘The Old Cane Cutter’. People have a complex relationship with the land and each other. Unsustainable farming practices cause wounds in the land by stripping it of nutrients which results in degraded soils. Land degradation is one of the world’s greatest threats but there are methods to restore landscapes to improve their productivity. Most of the wounds we cause can be healed but it takes reflection, learning, and a concerted effort to start that long yet worthwhile process.

Tune in again tomorrow for our next highlighted artist and art combo.

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