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Oneika Russell

The Personal Storytelling Workshop


This workshop continues the social engagement work Oneika Russell began in her practice during 2020. The workshop uses a specially designed tool, Personal Storytelling Tool, which is a deck of cards for self-inquiry and social engagement. The cards reference the imagery in her own previous work but also that of the artists Mafalda Mondestin (Haiti), Ludgi Savon (Martinique) and Phillip Thomas (Jamaica). 

In the workshop with adults we will use the Personal Storytelling Tool to prompt them to create their own drawings which will help them explore their ideas about nature as well as themselves. Each child will also be encouraged to narrate their collection of drawings to tell their personal story. The workshop seeks to encourage drawing experiences and ideas; creating and expressing thoughts and feelings; and considering a relationship to the natural environment.