After School Snack, 2019, Akilah Watts, Barbados
12in x 12in
Acrylic on Canvas
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“After School Snack” is a painting from Akilah's Beautifully braided series that depicts a local(Barbadian) snack we call a Suck-a-Bubby. It is essentially what others call a cool-aid or lolly but it is created using some form of juice that is poured into a bag and frozen. Like many Barbadian children I would have grown up eating Suck-a-bubbies, they were the snack of choice after coming from school and talking the walk home. In the hot Barbados sun, the snack was refreshing and provided a little hydration on the way home.
Akilah Watts is a contemporary Barbadian artist who works with many media including drawing, painting and mixed media. Watts graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor's Degree in Studio Art and went on the participate in Prizm Art Fair in December of that same year.
Watts has exhibited locally (Barbados) in several group exhibitions as well as internationally in Miami and Romania. She has also been featured in a few local publications such as the Easy magazine, Barbados Today and the Exporter magazine. And in March 2019, Akilah exhibited in her first-ever solo exhibition at the Frame & Art Co.
Watts’ current work focuses on black hair and the relationship she has with her Caribbean roots through the creation of her painted backgrounds which display some Caribbean fruits, vegetables, baked goods, snacks, and plant life that she would have grown up seeing. Her series entitled Beautifully Braided is Watts’ way of exploring ideas of the exotic or paradise in her island of Barbados.