Monday, 17 June 2013


Arne Svenson photographing unaware persons through their open-curtained windows!

"For as long as there have been cameras, there have been photographers who’ve captured the intimate, unaware moments of human existence. Masters like Eugène Atget and Henri Cartier-Bresson defined photography as an art form with their images of people simply going about the business of being themselves."

Photographing Portraits at Home.

Encouragement -->

Being Patient

“A waiting person is a patient person. The word patience means the willingness to stay where we are and live the situation out to the full in the belief that something hidden there will manifest itself to us.” 
― Henri J.M. Nouwen

Not being patient and being proactive, I have accomplished many things and the latest is with the Documentary Film, "Changing Perspectives". Our footage is becoming full and we will be editing in August/September. Look out film festivals!! :-)

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Wrapping and Unveiling

In my art practice, I am very interested in the discovering and production of awareness. I'm most interested in unveiling shadowed elements of culture and society. I started this journey through the awareness and promotion of equality for people with special needs, specifically those with Down syndrome.

Taking a year to gain work experience to coincide with an MA Art Psychotherapy application, I used my time to plan and hold and event, bringing the World Down Syndrome Day (March 21st) to the Cayman Islands for the first time and also producing the film, “Changing Perspectives”.

Today, I attended 'Art Assemblage' at the NGCI and was most drawn to Kaitlyn Elphinstone's pieces, especially her 'Wrapped Pods'. It reminded me of the research I did on 'wrapping' art with Judith Scott and Christo and Jeanne-Claude. I wondered why I have always been drawn to these pieces and what artistic relevance it held for my art practice.

I found a video about Judith Scott through youtube (BBC). Her work was in installtion at the Museum of Everything. I've learnt more about Judith in this short video than I knew from reading stories and articles from books. It has been most interesting discovering that she attended Creative Growth in Oakland, very close to where I first attended University and that she attended, doing or making nothing for two years until suddenly creating totem like, wrapped items and then graduating to other appropriated objects. Most of her sculptures have been so heavily wrapped with cord and string that the original piece is unrecognisable and some have been x-rayed to discover the wrapped objects. I find this most interesting. The human mind is so curious to discover the veiled or wrapped elements but still respect the new form.

It is my assumption, my research will delve into wrapping, unravelling and x-ray works, things that are being covered, unveiled and examined from the inside.

Nick Veasey's X-ray photographs are quite interesting and he states, “Plants and flowers are captivatingly beautiful things. Look beyond the surface and that beauty is accentuated.”

Nick Veasey
Radar Studio
Coldblow Lane
Kent ME14 3LR
+44(0)1622 737722

Some works of inspiration: 

Thread and Nail Portraits by Pamela Campagna 

Golden Lincoln, by Oscar Strodl made of wool, thread and yarn in 2006

Thread Paintings by Cayce Zavaglia

Nick Veasey X-Rays

Judith Scott X-Ray Photographs of her Sculptures

Chris Mann's Homage to Death, Dementia and Nostalgia in Art Assemblage 2013, NGCI

Kaitlyn Elphinstone's Wrapped Pods and Woven See Fan, Art Assemblage 2013, NGCI

Monday, 22 April 2013

Anne-Marie Gray - Art Ignites Change!

My art practices' goals are involved in paying keen attention to veiled elements of culture and society. My intention is to allow audiences to be exposed to these elements and develop a deeper understanding and more educated perspective. This journey has begun with campaigning for disability awareness and equality. I intend to use Fine Art mediums, Film/Video and the Written Word to achieve my artistic goals. Contact me at, for more information.

To view my current CV, see here:

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Cayman Islands World Down Syndrome Day 2013

EXCITING EVENT – The 1st Cayman Islands Down Syndrome Day Fundraiser and Celebrations
The Down Syndrome community and general public are brought together for a short, informative symposium, exciting performances, great prizes and fun activities for the whole family.

On Thursday, March 21st, 2013, 6:00pm-8:30pm at the Loyola Hall, St. Ignatius School, 597 Walkers Rd., George Town, doors will open to the general public to celebrate the first Cayman Islands Down Syndrome Day.

The main objectives of the first CIDSD event are to raise awareness about Down syndrome, the globally observed day, World Down Syndrome Day and highlight the varied personalities and capabilities of people with Down syndrome.

The Fundraiser portion, will be used to raise funds for the Lighthouse School, HSA, Down Syndrome Fund and Sunrise Adult Training Centre, Down Syndrome Fund. The funds will be used annually on March 21st towards fun and educational activities for those with Down Syndrome, to encourage life enrichment and development. Some of the prizes to be won at the event will include, two tickets to Miami, kindly donated by Cayman Airways Ltd., Fine Sterling Silver Jewellery, Fine Art and Luxurious Perfumery donated by The Gray Family. If you'd like to make additional, private donations to the Down Syndrome Funds, you are welcome to do so at the event or at the Lighthouse School and Sunrise Adult Training Centre.

Informative speakers will include, Mr. Elroy Bryan, Mrs. Shari Smith, Mrs. Patricia Gray and advocate speaker Ms. Kansa Bodden. Mr. Elroy Bryan will speak about the myths and facts surrounding Down Syndrome and share his unique professional experiences as example. Mrs. Shari Smith will share her research on Depression and Dementia in people with Down Syndrome. Mrs. Patricia Gray will share her experiences as a parent to an adult with Down Syndrome and Ms. Kansa Bodden will provide insight into her personal achievements and experiences.

“Changing Perspectives” special, supporting, documentary video by Anne-Marie Gray and Freddy Diaz will be aired.

Performances by people with Down Syndrome are sure to entertain the audience, such as Freestyle Hip Hop Dancer, Tristan Ramgeet and Singer, Lee Ebanks.

Abstract Watercolour paintings by local artist, with Down Syndrome, Sean Gray will have his work exhibited and available for sale.

Free refreshments, catering by JLM Food Services.

Finally, at the end of the informative speeches, entertaining performances and exciting prize giving, fun activities will be available to all. Art and craft activities by Mary Walton and Nancy Barnard, Puppet Theatre fun by Nadine Thomas, Face Painting by Clarice Diaz and Gina Connolly and Clowning Services and Balloon sculpting by Funzo and Lola.

You can keep up to date with the Events developments and share your thoughts, through the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.comCaymanIslandsWorldDownSyndromeDay