Trained at England’s prestigious Royal College of Art, Barbara Jardine moved back to her native Trinidad in 1974. Here she developed new techniques in working with traditional and indigenous materials and evolved a personal narrative style for making wearable works of art.
But 30 years on from returning to the Caribbean, and in spite of having her work purchased by a major metropolitan museum, there are nagging questions she just can’t shake: Why isn’t my work more recognised? Have I made a crucial mistake? An opportunity to create a new piece for an exhibition in Scotland presents itself and Jardine is both nervous and hopeful. Will this be the chance to finally carve out her own space in the world? Filmed over three years, in Trinidad, England and Scotland, The Solitary Alchemist is a moving and intimate portrait of a life in art.
Best Locally Made Film, Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival