The Jamaica Project by Robin Clare explores the way in which modern Jamaica expresses itself through its dancehall and party culture. The result is a combination of purely text-based work alongside sexually suggestive graphics inspired by imagery that surrounds the scene. The work shows a culture where women are highly sexualised within a very male dominated dancehall and party scene. An interesting commentary on the dichotomy of Jamaican women’s place within a society which often expects women to maintain roles as both breadwinner and sex object.
Her paintings examine the party culture that seems at odds with Jamaica’s traditional conservative and religious moral outlook. The society prides itself on its family values and has a huge and very active array of different religions and churches on offer. It can also be said that Jamaican society is driven by it’s women. Women are more likely to continue through to secondary education and are often at times left to support large and extended families while the men come and go. Consequently women end up being the major breadwinners, yet they are portrayed and appear to allow themselves to be portrayed as sex objects within a very male dominated society. Her work reflects this tempestuous balance of opposites which all plays out within the party scene and finally on the dancehall floor.