acrylic and charcoal, 48" x 36"
The pawpaw tree (carica papaya) is a valuable import that has benefited Bermuda. For many, the tree and its fruit are important and deserving of an iconic status. However, many local residents are unaware that the first Black people arriving in this colony did so in 1616 at the same time as pawpaws and other fruiting trees.
Pawpaws are symbolic of the country's former values and they have ensured island survival, not only as a source of nourishment and healing, but also as a contributor to the island aesthetic as an inviting paradise.