Anina Major—Sunroom Project Space 2022
Anina Major’s exhibition in the Sun Porch comprises sculptural ceramic works and domestic plants representing origins across the African diaspora. Inspired by Alice Walker’s book In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens, Major’s work unearths the narratives of Black communities and their contributions to the land, focusing on the garden as both a symbol of resiliency and a restorative space for courage and care. Her installation explores the preservation of culture and stories of migration while examining the complexities of her Caribbean heritage.
Like Walker, Major traces the roots of her creativity through her maternal lineage, which has persevered despite cultural erasure. Ceramic sculptures resemble woven containers honoring and referencing the weaving practiced by Bahamian women, in particular the artist’s late grandmother. Major’s art explores the island’s colonial history, the commodification of local culture, exploitation of women’s labor by the tourist industry, as well as the undervalued artistry of straw work.
Organized by Senior Curator of Visual Arts Eileen Jeng Lynch, the Sunroom Project Space provides an opportunity for New York-area emerging artists to develop and exhibit a site-specific project as a solo show. The 2022 season features, consecutively, Anina Major, Kevin Quiles Bonilla, Krystal DiFronzo, Heidi Norton, Deep Pool and Amina Ross.
Anina Major is a visual artist originally from the Bahamas. Her work has been exhibited in The Bahamas, across the United States, and in Europe, and it is featured in public collections, including the National Gallery of The Bahamas and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. She holds an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and is the recipient of numerous awards and residencies, including the Elizabeth Foundation for the Art Studio Program and the Socrates Sculpture Park Emerging Artist Fellowship.
Learn more about the artist at aninamajor.com