Jade Montserrat’s first solo exhibition at Bosse & Baum, In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens, takes its title from Alice Walker’s text. The exhibition will include new works on paper by the artist. Walker’s text helps readers to locate Black women’s bodies as those shaped and ravished by a legacy of an inhumanity and centres the garden as a tenet of creativity towards healing.
Convinced that there is a connection, or line, between ourselves and the earth, and that line, like our communications with one and another, is drawing, Montserrat works through these ideas as a way to harness acts of radical creativity.
Using a close up of her torso, Montserrat incorporates African heritage hairstyles into adorned torsos depicted on paper. Bringing together ideas of enslaved women braiding native seeds into their hair before being forced to bound transatlantic slave ships, hoping against the odds for autonomy on the other side, Montserrat has created decorated torsos that attempt honouring these ‘Mothers’.