“Part of our prob­lem is that we see our­selves as in­su­lar, just is­land peo­ple. We’re not is­land peo­ple; we’re global peo­ple. We’ve given the world Sir Derek Wal­cott, Sir Arthur Lewis, my fa­ther, St Omer, to name a few. The Caribbean on the whole has given

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He told the “When you're cre­at­ing at a high level your spir­i­tu­al­ity is en­hanced be­cause you're con­nected to the full depth of your­self.

“As artists, I don't think we have only one mes­sage, I be­lieve we have mes­sages and you evolve with your work so over time your mes­sage be­comes more dy­namic.” How­ever, he says his main mes­sage most of­ten re­volves around pu­rity.

Em­bark­ing on his first ex­hi­bi­tion at twenty years old, Jal­lim has not looked back since. He's dis­played his art in var­i­ous coun­tries and cities: Canada, Mar­tinique, Africa, France, Eng­land, New York, and Mi­ami. He is set to leave Saint Lu­cia soon for his fifth trip to China where he is due to erect his sixth pub­lic sculp­ture ven­ture.

The theme for China's Pub­lic Sculp­ture Park for 2017 is ‘Green. Ecol­ogy. Re­lax­ation'. Jal­lim will cre­ate and erect a 12-foot bronze sculp­ture en­ti­tled 'Mother River and Child'.

The sculp­ture shows the fe­male fig­ure which rep­re­sents the mother river which flows through the city of Changchun, China and draws a par­al­lel be­tween the ru­ral river cul­ture of Saint Lu­cia where women car­ried buck­ets of wa­ter on their heads, per­fectly bal­anced, in or­der to sus­tain the daily needs of their fam­ily. Jal­lim re­vealed, “The woman sym­bol­ises the river, the mother or nur­turer of her chil­dren, a metaphor for the city it­self. The river is the blood­line of the city, and the bucket sym­bol­izes the eco­log­i­cal bal­ance that needs to be achieved as the city con­tin­ues to de­velop.”

Jal­lim is proud of the fact that he has proved him­self wor­thy in the up­per tiers of the art world such as in New York and Eng­land. How­ever, he is par­tic­u­larly proud of the China pub­lic art com­mis­sion as it has al­lowed him the op­por­tu­nity for his work to reach mil­lions of peo­ple “That's what artists want ul­ti­mately. Hav­ing your work in closed quar­ters and mak­ing money is fine but at the end of the day you want your work to touch as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble.”

He be­lieves firmly that artists should be able to sup­port them­selves if they choose to pur­sue art as a ca­reer but he also be­lieves that, on the whole, the arts could be ap­pre­ci­ated a lot more. He ex­plained, “I be­lieve if we in­vest in the arts we would have a lot less prob­lems than we have now, ‘cause we'll have peo­ple pos­i­tively en­gaged.”

He con­tin­ued, “And the thing about the arts is, it's not just about cre­at­ing tan­gi­ble ob­jects, it's about ex­plor­ing ideas and stim­u­lat­ing thought. It's a cat­a­lyst for in­tro­spec­tion and it teaches peo­ple to value them­selves, each other, na­ture, their cul­ture; that is what art is about. It's about ap­pre­ci­at­ing some­thing enough to want to pro­tect it, care for it and el­e­vate it.”

The gov­ern­ment of Saint Lu­cia, in par­tic­u­lar the Trade and Ex­port Pro­mo­tion Agency (TEPA), has re­cently been a driv­ing force in Jal­lim's ca­reer. It has as­sisted him ex­ten­sively in two of his ex­hi­bi­tions: The Art of Black, dur­ing Mi­ami Art Basel 2016 and his group show at the Thomas Jaeckel Gallery in Chelsea N.Y. ear­lier this year. How­ever, he be­lieves that or­gan­i­sa­tions such as TEPA, which does crit­i­cal work in ex­pos­ing lo­cal artists to the wider mar­ket, need more fi­nan­cial sup­port.

When asked what form of en­cour­age­ment he would give to fel­low artists Jal­lim re­sponded: “I will al­ways en­cour­age other artists to live in the world – Saint Lu­cia is part of the world. We be­long to a global com­mu­nity and we have to be part of that global com­mu­nity. Saint Lu­cia can­not pro­vide us with ev­ery­thing that we need. Saint Lu­cia is al­ready giv­ing us the fresh air, lush veg­e­ta­tion and so much more. Part of our prob­lem is that we see our­selves as in­su­lar, just is­land peo­ple. We're not is­land peo­ple; we're global peo­ple. We've given the world Sir Derek Wal­cott, Sir Arthur Lewis, my fa­ther, St Omer, to name a few. The Caribbean on the whole has given the world Ri­hanna, Nicki Mi­naj, Bob Mar­ley, Usain Bolt, Mar­cus Gar­vey, to name a few.”

Be­fore the in­ter­view came to an end, Jal­lim wanted to ex­press that in Saint Lu­cia we have a great many young tal­ented peo­ple and that more fo­cus needs to be put on the prac­ti­cal skills of our peo­ple. “Not every­body is aca­demic and we must stop look­ing at prac­ti­cal skills as some­thing for peo­ple as a last re­sort.”

Saint Lu­cian sculp­tor Jal­lim Eu­dovic.

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