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The McMaster of Art

Published:Sunday | May 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMLatara Boodie
Lorrian McMaster
Lorrian McMaster ART
Lorrian McMaster ART
Lorrian McMaster ART
Lorrian McMaster ART
Lorrian McMaster
Lorrian McMaster ART
Lorrian McMaster
Lorrian McMaster ART
Lorrian McMaster ART
Lorrian McMaster ART

Michelangelo once said, "The best artist has that thought alone which is contained within the marble shell; the sculptor's hand can only break the spell to free the figures slumbering in the stone." For Lorrian McMaster, art is the very backbone of her being and sculpting is her preferred outlet for expressing her outlook on life.

From the tender age of four, McMaster's creative drive was evident in her ability to create and sell products.

"I remember when I was in prep school, I used to make bracelets out of flowers and sell them along with marbles and other things. From that age, I found it fascinating that I could create something that brings happiness to another person, or that has some form of use to them ... from then, I fell in love with creating," said McMaster as she recollected her earliest memory with art.

Because of the entrepreneurial nature of her family background, she was encouraged to focus on the business aspect and less on artistry.




"Having grown up in a business-influenced home, where both my parents are business owners, it was hard for them to accept the fact that I wanted to become an artist. Therefore, I received small amounts of motivation and support towards my art, it was more seen as something to do in my leisure time than something I could pursue as a career. Everything and everyone I grew up around was business focused, and because of this, I believe that this business influence pushed me to start creating," she explained.

Her training in art began at Campion College, where she did art at the Caribbean Examination Council level. After Campion, she pursued art at the International Baccalaureate level at Hillel Academy.

"I also did a four-year programme at the University of Miami, majoring in both art and business. In addition, whenever I came home for holidays, I would work with ceramic artist Gene Pearson in his studio, who have also taught me quite a bit and have influenced me a lot in the medium of ceramics," she said.

"I would say my work expresses my love for music, mostly dancehall and nature ... as well as I try to make my pieces functional, so it is useful and not just decorative," explained McMaster.

Each artwork is one of a kind and signifies a piece of her 'heART'.

Her favourite artists include Gene Pearson, the Jamaican ceramicist, and Billy Lynn, an American sculptor who was her art professor at the University of Miami.

Navigating the art world can be difficult, but McMaster's tunnel vision for her passion has made her unstoppable.

"I think I navigate the art world by using trends and variations. Therefore, my work appeals to a number of different types of consumers. However, one challenge is getting the audience to understand the true meaning of the piece and for them to accept the message it is sending," she said.

Her upcoming pieces will include more elements of personalisation, gift items, 3D functional pieces like ceramics and art, based on the influence of her favourite dancehall track.

Keep up with McMaster by viewing her collection on Instagram: @lorri.mc_collection.