The works in Edge of Time center concepts of the feminine in architecture and utopian theories that touch on social structure, feminism, spirituality, and the body in relation to community. The works examine expectations of the feminine and gender within Caribbean and postcolonial ideas of utopian society.
“We can only know what we can truly imagine. Finally what we see comes from ourselves.”
― Marge Piercy, Woman on the Edge of Time
Many of the works are possible because of the generosity of the John Michael Kohler Art Center, Arts and Industry Residency completed in the Fall of 2019.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, and living and working in Chicago, Yasmin Spiro's interdisciplinary work explores issues of cultural identity and socio-economic issues within the framework of urban development and social politics, often through the lens of Caribbean culture. The work is multidisciplinary, primarily based in sculpture and immersive installations, with video, drawing and performance. Spiro’s art practice is invested in questions of place and identity and situates the female body — both her own and writ large — as a navigator of different geographies and their social and cultural politics. Recent work considers the city as organism – integrating personal and collective issues of safety and cultural identity. Spiro’s work has been shown at galleries internationally, and she is a founding member of the tART women’s collective in NY (2004). Her work has been covered in Art News, Washington Times, Miami Herald, New City, and others. She attended Pratt Institute. Spiro has been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Chicago Artists Coalition and the Arts, and an Industry residency through the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.
Image: Yasmin Spiro, Ridgeline, 2019, glazed porcelain.