Katrina Coombs

St. Andrew, Jamaica

August 1 - 30, 2019

Hosted in partnership with Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator

Artist Statement

Coombs has a passion for fiber and an understanding of the sensitivity of threads and fabric which has grown beyond design and into sculptural forms. Her practice focuses on the impact of the Other on the “I”, through various psychoanalytical theory and the quintessence of gender politics of the Other. Her interest with the Other as an internal or external being/object has led to the manipulation of subtle but yet obvious forms that capture both literal and metaphorical meanings. Coombs weaves and stitches fibres and textiles into tactile and sometimes large-scale sculptural forms, engaging the sometimes ambivalent and stigmatizing ways society engages the female persona. Her recent practice encompasses sculpture, video and text.


Katrina Coombs was born in 1986, in Kingston, 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 the University of Plymouth, via Transart Institute in New York. Coombs’ work has been featured in many exhibitions since 2008, including the School of Visual Arts Faculty Shows at the CAG[e] Gallery, Edna Manley College from 2009 to 2018 and she was one of the young artists featured in Young Talent 2015 at the National Gallery of Jamaica. She also participated in and curated the exhibitions 3 Generations of Textile and Fibre Arts at the Grosvenor Gallery, Jamaica and, Dimensions of Womanhood at the 2016 Kingston on the Edge (KOTE) Urban Arts Festival. She also, was a participating artist in Re-Frame Manila, which was a part of the 2016 London Biennale Pollination art project in the Phillippines. Coombs has also shown her work in the Jamaica Biennial in 2014 and 2017 at the National Gallery of Jamaica.

Coombs is also one of the co-founders of a new initiative Blaqmango Consultants, which was developed to re-energize the Jamaican art scene through exhibitions, artist career planning and development. She lives and works in St. Andrew, Jamaica.