Heirloom, 2017, formed part of Brewster’s exhibition A Trace | Evidence of time past (2017) at the Art Museum, University of Toronto. The glass vessel contains currants and fruits soaking in rum and wine—the central ingredients of Black Cake, a traditional Caribbean holiday dessert. “This jar is my sister’s jar and she is the baker of this cake,” says Brewster. “The cultural tradition has transferred down to her. I personally am unaware of anyone of my generation who makes Black Cake.” For the artist, this makes the jar “very special” and a “symbol of presence.”
Sandra Brewster: Traces of Home
Sandra Brewster, Heirloom, 2017
Mixed media (dried fruit soaked in rum, glass jar), dimensions variable, collection of the artist. Courtesy of Sandra Brewster and Olga Korper Gallery.