Sheena Rose ‘Island and Monster’

Royal Academy, London


On 27 February 2017 ICF commissioned artist Sheena Rose to present a new performance entitled Island and Monster at the Royal Academy Academician’s Room. Sheena’s performance was developed in response to sketches that she has making to express her conflicted feelings of belonging and displacement, which emerged with her return to the Caribbean after completing an MFA in North Carolina. To reckon with her changing relationship to her home, Sheena became both the island and the monster, looking in from outside as a way to negotiate this return. After the performance, Sheena was in conversation with ICF Head of Programmes Jessica Taylor. 
To read a review of this event by writer Liz Lydiate, see the ICF blog here. 

Sheena Rose is a Barbadian artist, whose practice involves mixed and new media, including animation, drawing, painting, performance and video. Sheena has exhibited internationally at institutions such as MoCADA, Queens Museum, Turner Contemporary and Residency Gallery. She has represented Barbados in the Havana and Jamaica Biennials. She has been awarded residencies at Alice Yard (Trinidad), Greatmore Art Studio (Cape Town, South Africa), Tembe Art Studio (Moengo, Suriname), and OAZO-AIR (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Art Omi (Ghent, New York) and The Hermitage Artist Retreat (Florida). In 2016 Sheena performed as part of the ICF conference Curating the International Diaspora in Gwangju, South Korea during the Gwangju Biennial.

Sheena’s work has been included in art fairs, film festivals and auctions such as Prizm Art Fair, Third Horizon Film Festival and Rush Philanthropic Foundation Arts Auction Art for Life. Her paintings are also on the cover of several books, including See Me Here: A Survey of Contemporary Self-Portraits from the Caribbean and the novel The Star Side of Bird Hill by Naomi Jackson, the latter of which was named the best book cover of the year by the Huffington Post and EPeople Magazine in 2015. In 2008, Sheena graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Art degree with Honours from the Barbados Community College and in 2016 she received her Masters in Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Fulbright Scholarship.

Images: Sketches by Sheena Rose