Art is Ashanti’s medium

At Mahogany Mound in St George, you’ll find award- winning artist Ashanti Trotman hard at work crafting bespoke functional wooden tableware and home décor pieces using mixed media, textures and designs that often seem more like art.

His journey to starting Remnant in 2019 wasn’t clearly delineated but it’s as interesting as the knotty designs in the fallen and found pieces of mahogany he recycles, which, in the grander sense, is an ode to Barbados’ cultural heritage.

Ashanti is a well-known and respected artist-sculptor of about four decades. As a cultural officer at the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) he coordinated Grand Kadooment and Junior Kadooment as part of the Crop Over Festival as well as programmes in NIFCA.

“I really had a wonderful time at the NCF in the 20-and-a-half or so years I spent there, overall. I was a visual artist working with the arts and I also worked with musicians. I had the opportunity to tour Europe with krosfyah, Square One and artists from Barbados, St Lucia, and other places and for close to ten years, I was curator of the Queen’s Park Gallery,” he told Weekend Buzz. (GBM)

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