Jamaican Artist

Oneika Russell



Born in 1980, Russell is a graduate of the Edna Manley College, Kingston Jamaica and Goldsmiths, University of London UK. Although based in  Kingston, as a recipient of a Commonwealth Scholarship she has traveled to Japan to pursue her interest in digital animation and film-making. Her career began as a painter, but her interest in comic characters soon led her to digital media and since graduating she has created a number of short films  that parody her own life and speak to the condition of women in the post-modern caribbean diaspora. Her interest in art history has allowed to explore contemporary issues while still referencing historical and fictional characters such as Manet's Olympia and Nana, Ophelia, Aunt Jemeima and her own dance-hall alter ego.

About here work - from the artists website (see below):

"Earlier work dwelt on the character of a faceless little girl trapped within a domestic world of feminine patterns and genteel furniture. Later work used an Aunt Jemima figurine negotiating her way through a Victorian social setting.The work featured in the show employs characters based on the Abu Graihb image of a tortured prisoner and the tragic figure of Shakespeare’s Ophelia.