Kerron Marcus John

HIS THERAPY: Kerron Marcus John among some of his creations.

“Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard (sic) to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: It is easier to say ‘My tooth is aching’ than to say ‘My heart is broken.’” —CS Lewis, author

For 20-year-old Trinbagonian artist Kerron John, experiencing emotional and mental distress due to the Covid-19 situation and to other personal issues in his life are no different.

In dealing with the dilemma of depression, he uses art as a form of therapy and revelation in bringing forth his melancholy, expressing it with the experiments with his paints.

This year, thus far, has been a very challenging one for most people with the Covid-19 pandemic affecting people’s physical and mental health worldwide and crashing economies. Countries all around the world have been forced to go into lockdown, closing schools and businesses, and halting events. This has impacted on people’s freedom to go outside and enjoy life.

The San Juan South Secondary and Fatima College past pupil, and The University of the West Indies scholarship awardee and student, spent months during the latter part of 2019 into 2020 compiling a body of work he believes people can connect with and relate to, in the hope of helping others cope with their depression.

Flowing from within through brush strokes

In his first solo art exhibition at The Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago, John will be showcasing a collection of oil and acrylic contemporary, realism and figurative paintings, highlighting the connection of one’s mind and soul through the gestural poses of the human figure.

“‘Emotions” gives life his artistic nuances based on his experience with depression, feeling of isolation, and pondering notions of death. He let all the negative sentiments and energy from this dark phase in his life flow out of his body and via his paint brushes and palette knife with expressive, dynamic, dream-like brush strokes—all while listening to alternative music.

Visitors to the exhibition would experience what it feels like to be in the mind of someone dealing with any sort of mental illness, like behaviour disorders or depression, by transcending into the emotional roller coaster of his figurative paintings.

All art pieces are available for purchase, with part proceeds being donated in support of the visual art programmes at his alma maters. This is a small gesture of gratitude to the schools in helping him attain success in his CSEC and CAPE exams, but also his way of supporting and encouraging upcoming visual art pupils to pursue their passion.

John’s exhibition will take place from tomorrow to August 22 at the Art Society of T&T, 3-7 St Vincent Avenue, Federation Park, Port of Spain.

Appointments are recommended to enable compliance with the physical distancing requirements. Contact ASTT at 622-9827 for a time slot. All Ministry of Health protocols applicable to the pandemic will be enforced. Private viewing, strictly by special invitation, takes place today.

For additional information, contact the Art Society via e-mail: admin@artsocietytt.org; or call 622-9827.

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