Chanile Vines seeks freedom in expression and home within communities.
Response by Jess DeVitt
It has been an absolute joy to illustrate Chanile Vines’ story for this project, as it is a story that illuminates how food and sharing a meal is at the heart of community. Growing up in a family restaurant in my home city of Puebla, Mexico has made me cherish and appreciate the importance of food with my family and friends. For many years I have been interested in understanding and promoting food access programs in my community as a necessary component of art creation. Collaborating with Chanile has been truly joyful, as well as learning about the many different dishes traditional to Jamaica. This has been a way of depicting how sharing food, abundance and culture create lasting memories and experiences.
Jess De Vitt (she/they) is a visual artist, educator and muralist based in T’karonto (Treaty 13). Jess has experience working with community through the arts offering instructional workshops for a range of mediums and art making techniques both digitally and in person. Jess is focused on incorporating collaboration through access to art and community.