For several years, St Croix has been my island escape from life in NY/NJ. St Croix USVI is my real life. We relocated full time in August 2023 and now call St. Croix home.
Sky Garden Gallery’s instagram account will chronicle the possibility of artful living while rediscovering ourselves and rehabbing our off the grid compound in St. Croix USVI.
Upcoming projects, finish installing outdoor kitchen, replace car port with a 20 foot shipping container garage for McCarty’s tools.
If you want to see what we are up to, give us a follow on @skygardengallery
In the meantime, enjoy the view..
A hybrid of the words for “china” and “money,” chaney is the porcelain shards found in the soil after a hard rain and washed up on the beaches of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands.
I found this shard in The Gut, the riverbed on my property that runs down the Blue Mountain out to the Salt River estuary.
Ceramics, broken in symbolic acts of destruction by slaves, is a symbol of colonial resistance.
I wonder if the tourists buying chaney repurposed into jewellery are aware of the sociopolitical postcolonial critique of colonization and slavery.
For now, I will keep collecting chaney until It is ready to find it’s way into my work….