Jamie Lee Loy

JAIME LEE LOY is an honors graduate of literature and visual arts at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine.  She completed two years of an MPhil in Literatures in English while on postgraduate scholarship.
A contributing artist to Galvanize (September 2006), she has participated as an Artist-in-Residence in Trinidad (CCA 2003), the USA (Vermont Studio Centre 2007) and Hoy, Scotland (Triangle Arts Trust 3 islands workshop 2008).  She has received  grants from The Reed Foundation (New York), The Prince Claus Fund (Netherlands), The Trinidad and Tobago Film Company, Atlantic LNG in Trinidad, and The University of the West Indies, St Augustine.

A young single mother, she produced the documentary Pro-test based on young, unmarried mothers in Trinidad, as well as the videos Madam, Unease, and Bury Your Mother, (named after her short story published in the Trinidad Noir anthology (August 2008).  A member of the three- artist collaborative: The Collaborative Frog, she produced two short videos ‘Bruise’ and ‘The Burial’ for the La Fantasie installation (February 2008).  Prior to this in December 2007, she collaborated with artist Nikolai Noel on ‘200 Drawings’ at the Alice Yard Space, Trinidad.

Jaime often engages the domestic space and the woman’s body as a site of contention, focusing her concerns on the psychological, the negotiations of identity and gender, and the fragility/impermanence of familiar spaces.  Her current body of work ‘The Unfamiliar,’ extends to photography, video, installation and performance.  ‘Roaches and Flowers: War in the Home’ and ‘While you were sleeping’ are her two most recent investigations and she is currently working on a novella entitled Fine and Loose Rope.