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Oneika Russell



Oneika attended the Edna Manley College in Kingston, Jamaica. from 1999 to 2003 where she completed a diploma in the Painting Department. In 2003 she left for studies at Goldsmiths College in London in the Centre for Cultural Studies. While at Goldsmiths, Oneika began to integrate her deep interest in combining the practice of Painting with New Media. She has also completed the Doctoral Course in Art at Kyoto Seika University, Japan concentrating on Animation in Contemporary Art. She is currently a lecturer across The Fine Art and Visual Communication Departments at The Edna Manley College.


An interest in hand-craft and technological meeting points in service of explorations of history, culture and social narratives has always informed my work. Characters and stories formed the basis of much of my earlier work. Many of the narratives were imaginings, re-inventions and re-readings inspired by experience and locations as well as romanticized memories from literature, cartoons, picture books and fairy tales, magazines and other media. My current work however increasingly involves more installation which uses sound, drawing video, prints, books and objects to reclaim and assemble fragmented experiences and thought together.

A Natural History has been an ongoing project between 2009 and 2014. This body of work was produced mostly in Kyoto, Japan and was inspired by lived experiences and absorbed aesthetics during that period. The body of work includes several videos, digital images, drawings and prints. Usage of photography and drawing via digital and traditional means provided me with this ability to document an communicate experiences, thought and memory. Even though this work is about my own story, everyone can relate to these feelings of isolation, outsiderness and search for self. The work uses natural scenery from man-made park areas. It also uses figures and motifs taken from ethnographic photography. It talks about fetishizing the primitive and the mystical in a culture. There have been interests in investigation of representation, beauty, stereotypes and cultural history through creation of narrative imagery.

The newest work has recently explored the making of work which can enter peoples lives and document and ‘preserve’ some of those connections that are made. ‘Preservations’ is an installation which uses gold-painted objects which are fragments of drawings done of Facebook connections . There are also several gold paintings on paper. The drawings and objects were assembled on the wall and the objects were used to create a video which is also projected in the space. Gold has such a strong place when we think about artifacts and preserving or making precious that it has became a useful visual device. As with Facebook I wanted to draw this comparison between the purely visceral surface level of the gold paint and the unsure or varying levels of authenticity and depth to these connections. This work has provided a gateway to continue thinking about people, memory and places.


2010- 2014
Kyoto Seika University,, Japan 
Film, Video and Media Arts Dept.
Monbukagakusho Scholar, Doctoral Course

2009- 2010
Kyoto Seika University,, Japan 
Film, Video and Media Arts Dept.,
Monbukagakusho Scholar, Postgraduate Research 

2003- 2004 Goldsmiths College, University College of London, UK 
Centre for Cultural Studies,  
M.A., Interactive Media 

1999-2003 Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts., Jamaica 
4 yr. Dip., Painting, Upper 2nd Class Honours, Delves Molesworth studio space 
Award, Dean's Purchase Award, 2003 

Solo Exhibitions

July, In the Night Garden, Solo show, Post-Museum, Little India, Singapore

November, Power, Myths & Tragedies: an exhibition of videos, drawings and objects, CAGE Gallery, Edna Manley College, Kingston

Selected Group Exhibitions & Screenings


August, Jamaican Pulse, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK 
May, Remix en Caraïbe, Tropiques Atrium, Fort-de-France, Martinique 
April, DIGITAL, The National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica 
January, Jamaica Routes, Galerie F15 Punkto, Oslo, Norway


November, Bi-Way Art Foundation, Wrong Biennial, online virtual exhibition 
March, INSIDES: Camille Chedda, Prudence Lovell, Phillip Thomas, Oneika Russell, NLS & Kingston, Jamaica

En’ Mas: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean, Contemporary Arts Centre New Orleans, New Orleans, USA, (Collaboration on artists video with Charles Campbell) 

December, The Jamaica Biennial, The National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica
September, (e)merge Art Fair, NLS & ARC Magazine, Washington D.C., USA
July, Group show, Trajectories: 70 Years of Art at MF&G, Myers, Fletcher & Gordon, Kingston, Jamaica 
May, Group show, Edna Manley College Staff Show, The Cag[e] Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica

April, Group show, Natural Histories, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica

July, Group show, Contemporary Jamaican Art: Circa 1962/ Circa 2012, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, Canada
March, Two-woman show, Munson-Williams-Proctor Gallery, Pratt MWP, New York, USA

January, Wrestling with the Image, Group show, Art Museum of the Americas, Washington D.C., USA
September, Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival: New Media, Group show, Medulla Gallery, Trinidad & Tobago

November, ARTSBAR@Rissei, Group Show, Rissei Elementary School, Kyoto, Japan
October, Vous êtes ici, Group show, Fondation Clement, Port-Au- Prince, Martinique
September, Shot in Kingston, Alice Yard 4x4, Group show, Alice Yard, Trinidad & Tobago
March, ART FRESH, Group show, Mutual Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica February, Kanpai Gurai, Three-woman show,    Kyoto International Community House, Kyoto, Japan
May, The 13th Kyoto International Student Film and Video Festival in T-Joy,Kyoto, Japan

November, Rockstone & Bootheel: Contemporary West Indian Art, Group
show, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, USA
February, Mi Did Deh Deh, Two-woman show, Morlan Art Gallery, University of Transylvania, Lexington, USA

June, Taboo Identities: Race, Sexuality + the Body- A Jamaican Context, Olympia Art Centre, Kingston, Jamaica / Kentucky State University, Kentucky, USA March, Curator’s Eye III: Ceremony in Space and Time, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica

October, New Photography at Edna Manley College, Cage Gallery, Edna Manley College, Kingston, Jamaica
September, Materialising Slavery, Institute of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica May, Her Shorts Women’s International Video Festival, Historic Y, Tucson, Arizona, USA.
February, Moving Pictures: The Art & Design on Film Series, Manifest
Gallery,Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. 2006    December, The 2006 National Gallery of Jamaica Biennial, Ocean
Boulevard, Kingston, Jamaica April, Temporary Identities - Video Art event at Novosibirsk State Art Museum, Russia. March, Indiana International Video Art & Architecture Festival - Video Art & Architecture event at the Indiana University Art Gallery (USA

December, International Art Expo (Italy)/ Attitude Video/ Short & Experimental film/ photography festival, Cultural Center "Magaza" (Institute and Museum) Bitola, Macedonia December, Curator's Eye II: Identity & History, The National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica. June, SuperPlus Under 40 Artist of the Year Competition, The Mutual Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica.

December, The 2004 National Gallery of Jamaica Biennal, Ocean Boulevard, Kingston, Jamaica

Public Collections
The National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Kingston, Jamaica 
The University of the West Indies Hospital, Psychiatric Unit, Kingston, Jamaica

Suggesting an approach to Analysis of the Artists Animation: Re-looking at William Kentridge’s Tide Table, CONTEMP’12 Conference Publication, April 2012.

Going to Town and Other Places: Sheena Rose, ARC Magazine, November 2010 Issue 1. 

Contemporary Creative Culture: Wendell McShine, ARC Magazine, November 2011 Issue 4.