View this email in your browser

Anina Major
news and stories

Anina Major, “Hybrid Gourd”, 2019, stoneware, glaze, 18 x 18 x 14".


We continue our series of news and stories about the twelve women artists in NATURE/NURTURE focusing on Anina Major. We first met in 2018 when she appeared in our doorway having just arrived to participate in a three week residency in the Artist for Assets program located above us in Building 13 on the MASS MoCA campus. Our quick friendship grew when she decided to stay in North Adams for the year at 36 Chase & Barns Artists and Art Historians Residency, culminating in a show The Rhythm of Hybrid Interactions nearby in MCLA's Gallery 51. She is currently working at Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and like so many artists, she has work on view in several concurrent exhibitions currently closed to the public.

Drawing inspiration from her cultural background, she continues to work in ceramics using techniques that draw from Bahamian plaiting and indigenous weaving. The objects and installations make connections to contemporary issues. In her future hopes and dreams, she plans to trace her ancestry through weaving and maybe even set new roots in North Adams.

My practice exists at this intersection of craft, commerce and identity. Particularly as it relates to home being defined by a familiar cultural lineage. As a naturalized American, to maintain a connection I have adopted straw weaving, practiced by my grandmother as radical inquiry and artistic expression. This indigenous form of weaving, known as plaiting is a salient indicator of a tradition passed down from my enslaved West African ancestors. Yet it is one of the most underrated manifestations of Bahamian artistry due to its decreasing economic demand. Every year, I witness the few straw objects left by my grandmother deteriorate and notice the parallels between this depreciating craft and the disintegrating object. My work contends that these woven baskets are physical manifestations of my inheritance and are the ideal metaphor to carry forth my lineage, figuratively and literally. The fragility of re-establishing the significance of plaiting beyond its monetary value and acknowledging it as an intrinsic factor in the formation of identity becomes evident with the use of ceramic material. In process it evolves to a language capable of recording my migratory experiences through a postcolonial lens."

NATURE/NURTURE | Group Show of 12 Women Artists
LESLIE FERRIN | Director Notes | Nature of Nurturing
CRISTINA CORDOVA| Nature/Nurture | PBS Craft in America - Identity
LAUREN MABRY | Nature/Nurture | Cylinders & Flow Blocks
CRYSTAL MOREY |Nature/Nurture | Museum Acquisitions


Be Safe - Be Well - Stay in Touch
Leslie Ferrin

ON NURTURE | Anina Major

"Hybrid Gourd is a piece that represents the culmination of engaging with weaving as a continuance of personal lineage. It utilizes the medium of clay to record this inherit practice and articulate the harmony of preserving such interconnections as a form of nurture kinship.

As I continue to develop my own creative practice, I am encouraged by the recent, increased acknowledgment of women's contributions to the arts. I am particularly inspired by the careers of artists such as Maren Hassinger, Magdalene Odundo, Maria Nepomuceno, BarbaraChase-Riboud and Simone Leigh, to name a few." - Anina Major

Nature/Nurture is a group exhibition of twelve contemporary female artists invited to explore the influence of gender and its impact on their practice. The exhibition explores these ideas that range from direct interpretations of the natural world to more abstract notions, such as the construction of gender and the endowed role of women within their personal and professional careers. Works in clay range in form from individual vessels to composed still lifes and figural and abstract sculpture. This exhibition is closed until MASS MoCA reopens their galleries.


Nature/Nurture at Ferrin Contemporary, Sally Silberberg and Anina Major photo: John Polak
send pricelist of Anina Major available works
ANINA MAJOR in The Provincetown Independent
Anina Major Finds 'No Vacancy in Paradise

by Susannah Elisabeth Fulcher, February 6, 2020

Provincetown in winter has been a different experience for Fine Arts Work Center visual arts fellow Anina Major. From Nassau in the Bahamas, Major is interested in the sense of identity in communities that depend on attracting visitors to survive, such as the Bahamas and the Outer Cape. A key difference between the Bahamas and the Cape as vacation destinations, however...READ MORE HERE.

Joe Donahue, The Roundtable on WAMC March 11, 2020

Considering the impact that the #MeToo movement is having on all professions, artists were asked to pause and reflect on the role gender plays in their artistic practice and to consider the nurturing experiences that have shaped them. To tell us more, we welcome Senior Curator of Visual Arts at MASS MoCA Susan Cross, an artist featured in Ferrin Contemporary’s “Nature/Nurture” group exhibition Anina Major, and director of Ferrin Contemporary and curator of Nature/Nurture Leslie Ferrin ...  LISTEN HERE.
Striking Gold: The Fuller at Fifty

Striking Gold: Fuller at Fifty, explores the storied traditions, contemporary interpretations, skillful applications, and conceptual rigor of gold as an artistic material, while investigating the multitude of cultural, material, and sociopolitical associations.  As we see galleries and museums move physical shows to digital presences, we admire the adaptability of teams near and far. The exhibition ended on April 5th, but you can now enjoy it in perpetuity with the Fuller Craft Museum's VIRTUAL TOUR HERE.

Anina Major, Weight in Gold, 2019, 44″ x 21″ x 17″

ANINA MAJOR: No Vacancy in Paradise

Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center Fellow, Anina Major's solo exhibition was presented at the Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, MA, February, 2020

"Major’s artwork explores and reclaims what she calls “the genuine, intricate connection” between the people of the Bahamas, their land, and the craftmanship of the objects they make, a connection that she feels is blurred, even falsified, by the ways in which her home is viewed by others." Susannah Elisabeth Fulcher, Provincetown Independent  READ MORE HERE.

Left: Installation Photo, No Vacancy in Paradise

@aninamajor ON INSTAGRAM
sharing process, practice, works in progress, press and exhibitions.
"Before self-quarantine, I had the opportunity to join Leslie Ferrin on Joe Donahue's radio shoe The Roundtable to discuss my work and how it relates to the group exhibition titled, Nature/Nurture @FerrinContemporary here is a detail and a snippet. For more images of the work in the show check out #artistways #majormoment #ferrincontemporary #nature/nurture



(b. 1981, Nassau, Bahamas, lives and works in Provincetown, MA)

Anina Major is a Bahamian artist who works with clay in efforts to cultivate moments of reflection and a sense of belonging. Her work draws from anthropological research and oral histories to challenge postcolonial ideology and advocate for critical dialogue around developing cultural identities. Major is the recipient of numerous awards and residencies, including the St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artists Award for sculpture, the Watershed Summer Residency Zenobia Award, Mass MoCA Studio Artist Program, and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship.

Her work has been exhibited internationally at venues in The Bahamas, the United States, and Europe including Gallery 51 (North Adams, MA), Westminster College Foster Art Gallery (New Wilmington, PA), Fuller Craft Museum, (Brockton, MA), National Gallery of The Bahamas (Nassau, Bahamas), HALLE 14 (Leipzig, Germany), and Prizm Art Fair (Miami, FL). Major studied at the College of The Bahamas before earning her BS in Graphic Design from Drexel University in 2003 and her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2017.

Be Well - Stay Safe - Stay in Touch | Send a Message
FERRIN CONTEMPORARY presents contemporary ceramic art for exhibition and sale at 1315 MASS MoCA Way in North Adams, MA; at ProjectArt at 54 Main Street in Cummington, MA and at galleries and museums around the world.

COVID-19 | Closed until MASS MoCA reopens regular hours.
GALLERY HOURS: Wednesday - Saturdays 11 - 5
+ by appointment
+ by chance

PROJECT ART supports and promotes local and international ceramic art and artists through artist residencies, internships, workshops, studio rentals, events and exhibitions at 54 Main Street in Cummington, MA.

forward to a friend | inquire about a work
unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences