Katrina Coombs: I M(O)ther. Threads of the Maternal Figure

Italiano (Italian)

*Featured photo: Oshun’s Glory (detail) 2020. Finger-knitted mixed fibers. Dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Katrina Coombs

May 22 – October 2, 2022

Sarasota Art Museum
Ringling College Museum Campus
1001 South Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34236

Katrina Coombs (b. 1986, Jamaica) has a passion for fiber and an understanding of the sensitivity of threads and fabric, which she uses to bring forth unique designs and sculptural forms. Coombs’ works are inspired and guided by a quest to deepen the spiritual, emotional, and psychological understanding of the numerous conflicting roles that have been attributed to women in contemporary society. Through the use of fibrous material, her works explore the impact and intrusion of the ‘Other’ on the ‘I’. The ‘Other’ in representation of either an external or internal being to the self. Her works seek to provide a voice for a woman’s spirituality in co-existence with her roles, her body, and her womb.

This exhibition is co-organized by the Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator (DVCAI) and Sarasota Art Museum.
This exhibition is guest curated by Rosie Gordon-Wallace.


Katrina Coombs

Katrina Coombs was born in St. Andrew, Jamaica. She holds a BFA with Honours in Textiles and Fibre Arts (2008) and a Certificate in Curatorial Studies (2009) from the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. In 2013, she obtained an MFA in Creative Practice from Transart Institute via The University of Plymouth. Coombs’ work has been featured in numerous international exhibitions in Kingston, Manila, Berlin, New York, Bogotá, Miami, Chicago, and Washington. She lives and works in St. Andrew, Jamaica.