This Art Life: Errol Keane II


Detail of 'First Daughter' (2018) by Errol Keane II


Errol Keane II spoke with Filmmaker and Tide Rising Art Project’s team member, Danielle Russell on Friday, August 28, 2020 as a guest on Tide Rising’s “This Art Life” series. 

The discussion centred on Errol’s work, “Daughters of Oshun” which he created during the Blaqmango Summer Residency in 2018. His use of braille as an interactive element in his work was of particular interest. He addressed the tension the braille creates when he encourages his audience to touch the braille, which is placed on an art object that is traditionally not meant to be touched.


First Daughter (2018) by Errol Keane II

Errol also addressed the importance of developing an art practice and the differences between being an illustrator and being a visual artist. He noted that the differences are especially important among persons who are outsiders to the art world. This segment of the discussion drew several comments from the audience members who had suggestions and advice for both Errol and aspiring and emerging visual artists who are seeking to define themselves as visual artists. 


After a lively discussion, Errol left us wanting more after revealing that he is working on a new secret project. To find out more about Tide Rising Art Projects and our featured artists, follow the handle @tiderisingartprojects on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. You may also find Errol on Instagram @keane.eyes


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ABOUT TIDE RISING ART PROJECTS

About Tide Rising Art Projects 

Tide Rising Art Projects is an artist-led initiative coming out of Kingston, Jamaica. The initiative is the brainchild of Jamaican artist and lecturer, Oneika Russell. We started out of an identified need for actively practicing local and regional visual artists to have their practices documented and promoted. Oneika’s involvement with the Caribbean Linked IV programme in Aruba, her work with NLS Kingston and the 5 year period spent teaching students of various levels and disciplines at The Edna Manley College of the Visual & Performing Arts all inspired the creation of the project. We started recording our first videos in March of 2017.

Our aim is to document and promote the practices of local and regional contemporary artists and initiate engagement opportunities for Caribbean contemporary artists within the region and internationally as well. We also aim to provide education opportunities for artists and the public as well as research resources through our videos, website content, seminars and workshops.

Our current projects in 2020 involve the creation and publishing of online videos about local artists as well as ongoing collaborations to promote curated groups of contemporary artists in the Caribbean via social media, exhibitions etc. We are also working on new formats of media production, online engagement and workshops. At present our resources dictate the scale of project we can work on but we do view these early projects as the necessary capacity building activities for an eventually larger reach. We have new and exciting ways for supporters and the community to help contribute to our sustainability and new content and resources lined up. Stay updated by joining our mailing list.


About the Team


Oneika Russell

Oneika has been a practicing artist both locally and internationally from 2005. She has exhibited both regionally and internationally and has had the opportunity to participate in various programmes such as the MEXT: Monbukagakusho scholarship, the Davidoff Art Initiative/ Residency Unlimited Residency Programme and the Commonwealth Arts & Crafts Award. She has also taught at The Edna Manley College of the Visual & Performing Arts in Kingston from 2014-18. Oneika was also the creator and main contributor behind the now archived art blog, ART:Jamaica. Oneika acts as producer, videographer and editor on the series of short form art docs on our YouTube channel and liaison/ planner for our curatorial projects. 


Petrina Dacres

Petrina Dacres is the Head of Art History at The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Art. Her teaching and research centers on Caribbean and African Diaspora Art, Public sculpture and memorials, and memory studies. She has also worked as a curator, most recently on the exhibition, ‘Uprising’ at the National Museum Jamaica in 2016. And, was recently the inaugural Stuart Hall fellow at Harvard University's Hutchins Center. Petrina has been working with the initiative as an independent curator on two projects currently in process and is active in our other digital curated projects. Petrina has worked as curator on our exhibition projects and as creative consultant on Season 3 of our Art Docs. She has also produced and hosted some of our digital art events.


Danielle Russell
Danielle Russell is a local filmmaker who has participated in both The British Council’s script development workshop and the JAMPRO/JAFTA PROPELLA script to screen development film project. Both projects have seen the short film she developed through the programme be screened at The Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival. She has also acted as art director and producer on other local films. She studied Communication at CARIMAC at The University of the West Indies in Kingston and Film and television at The Communication University of China in Beijing. She has also taught ‘Storytelling’ and ‘Scriptwriting’ in the University of Technology, Jamaica’s Animation BSc. programme. Danielle has worked as videographer and production consultant for our Art Docs series of videos on our YouTube channel. She has also produced and hosted some of our digital art events.


Partnerships & Collaborations

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ART DOC: Esther Chin on Ancestry & Mourning

Esther Chin, 2018


In the latter half of 2020 we are beginning to release a new series of Art Docs with artists we have been speaking with over the past 2 years plus. We have also begun to accompany those Art Docs on our YouTube channel with a live Instagram session with the artists and a member of our team in conversation. This IG Live series was initially titled 'Mini-Art Talks' but we are returning to our 'This Art Life' format to feature guest artists in a live interactive discussion. Follow us on Instagram (@tiderisingartprojects) to catch our live sessions each month and hear more about the Art Docs. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to catch our videos.

In our latest Art Doc, Esther Chin shares her experience of using her practice as a process of mourning and dealing with grief. She references mourning practices in Chinese and Latin culture. She also speaks about the ways she has found to reconnect to her ancestry. This Art Doc was filmed during the 2018 Blaqmango Summer Residency.

To catch these video documents of Esther and her work visit these links:
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Esther Chin is set to give a Mini Art Talks on Instagram Live



Hop online tomorrow lunchtime - 1pm (GMT-5) and join us on Instagram for a live Mini Art Talk with Esther Chin. She will be chatting with arts researcher & lecturer/ independent curator Petrina Dacres.

The newest upcoming video in our Art Docs series features Esther. Esther's process-oriented work draws references and materials from the natural world and Asian culture. The video will be available on our YouTube channel tomorrow. See you then. Our Instagram handle is @tiderisingartprojects
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Artists To Know: Petrona Morrison

JAMAICA 2010, 2010

ID SERIES I, 2019
Petrona Morrison is an accomplished multimedia and installation artist. She has been a practicing artist for over 30 years and between 2006 and 2014 served as the Director of the School of Visual Arts at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Jamaica. While her early assemblages and installations often incorporated found and ready-made objects, her artworks of the last decade experiment with digital images and video. Morrison's work addresses both autobiographical and social issues and her recent meditative images specifically considers the role of representation in the way in which we perceive, communicate and survey aspects of self and identity. These images ask us to think about how we come to understand black people's bodies and experience. And, the problematic ways in which science, the media, techniques of governmentality such as identification cards or mugshots- have acted as means of surveillance and distorted knowledge and perception of black bodies.
- Petrina Dacres

The 'Artists To Know' feature began as a part of the Instagram Takeover that we partnered with Residency Unlimited on during the period of protests over public monuments, racial injustice and other calls for political paradigm shifts (June 19th). It is our wish to further showcase a growing list of Caribbean artists that are doing work and have done work that is both critical and timely. Find out more about Petrona Morrisons' work on The National Gallery of Jamaica's website. 
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Artists To Know: Katrina Coombs

TRANSCEND, 2019
LOST SOULS NOT FORGOTTEN, 2019 

Katrina Coombs’ recently opened a solo show just a couple weeks before the COVID-19 shutdowns. The show was one of the first in a long time in the capital city of Kingston of contemporary fibre arts with a political edge. Her work is very tactile, full and indicative of shapes drawn from the female form. She works with woven objects which envelop the space in colours such as red and white and cream. She talks about a relationship, a tension even, between the self and the other in her work. Coombs teaches at The Edna Manley College of the Visual & Performing Arts in the Textile & Fibre Arts Department. She is also one of the founding directors of Blaqmango, a local art consultancy service which also operates a yearly summer residency in Jamaica.
- Oneika Russell

The 'Artists To Know' feature began as a part of the Instagram Takeover that we partnered with Residency Unlimited on during the period of protests over public monuments, racial injustice and other calls for political paradigm shifts (June 19th). It is our wish to further showcase a growing list of Caribbean artists that are doing work and have done work that is both critical and timely. Find out more about Katrina Coombs' work on Instagram @duchesskcfibres and the artist's website.
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Artists To Know: Giana De Dier

AGREGANDO SAL A HERIDAS ABIERTAS NO.2, 2020


WHAT DOES COMFORT FEEL LIKE, 2020

Giana De Dier is based in Panama. In her earlier work she made portraits in pencil of glamorous women of Afro-descent drawings. The drawings celebrated beauty and style as a part of the presentation of the black woman. Recent work has turned to collages of both archival and contemporary photos being paired with objects and environments of shaping a persona and navigating a cultural space. She describes the work as visual stories which are reliant on memory within communities of Afro descent in Latin America. Her work makes the argument for inclusion in historical discussions, cultural appreciation and relevance of the African diaspora within broader visual culture.  
- Oneika Russell

The 'Artists To Know' feature began as a part of the Instagram Takeover that we partnered with Residency Unlimited on during the period of protests over public monuments, racial injustice and other calls for political paradigm shifts (June 19th). It is our wish to further showcase a growing list of Caribbean artists that are doing work and have done work that is both critical and timely. Find out more about Giana Der Diers' work on Instagram @gianadedierstudio and the artist's website.

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Artists To Know: Richard Mark Rawlins

Still From FINDING BLACK, 2013-2015
From FINDING BLACK, 2013-2015

Richard Mark Rawlins  is a Trinidadian, UK-based artist who has focused on art which seeks to intervene and question the culture and representation in mass media of cultural minorities. He has recently focused on print and print-making in unconventional ways such as burning onto clothing, zines and printing onto ceramics and other objects of cultural significance. He also takes reference from the world of popular comics and superhero narratives. Rawlins has also acted as the visionaire behind the catalogue design of several of the most noted Caribbean art exhibitions. His online journals Artz Pub & Draconian Switch have fostered this more social and critical aspect of his design practice. The work featured comes from his ‘Finding Black’ series.
- Oneika Russell

The 'Artists To Know' feature began as a part of the Instagram Takeover that we partnered with Residency Unlimited on during the period of protests over public monuments, racial injustice and other calls for political paradigm shifts (June 19th). It is our wish to further showcase a growing list of Caribbean artists that are doing work and have done work that is both critical and timely. Find out more about Richard Mark Rawlins' work on Instagram @rmraffinity and the artist's website.

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Artists To Know: Ludgi Savon


SPIRIT OF FLOWERS, 2018

 TRANSHUMANISME VEGETALIA SPIRITUS, 2018

Ludgi Savon is based in Martinique and works across a variety of media. The range extends to photography, performance, embroidery and drawing. Through his work, he seeks to put on a ‘new skin’, a new persona as a hybrid spirit. His work has been described as the exploration of a ‘spooky universe’. If hybrid Afro rituals and cultural beliefs and practices are spooky and threatening, then that may be a reality for some. For others, the work does seem to be a visualization and embodiment of the inner lives as well as the outward traditional expressions of Caribbean peoples. If only at once to explore how our identities are in flux, ever changing and how we are able to be in tune with natural ecologies even while living in a modern reality. Though the work is dependent on the body for its realization, I see Savon asking the question ‘What more am I beyond this body?’
- Oneika Russell

 The 'Artists To Know' feature began as a part of the Instagram Takeover that we partnered with Residency Unlimited on during the period of protests over public monuments, racial injustice and other calls for political paradigm shifts (June 19th). It is our wish to further showcase a growing list of Caribbean artists that are doing work and have done work that is both critical and timely. Find out more about Ludgi Savons' work on Instagram @lulunovas and the artist's website.
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ARTISTS TO KNOW: Nadia Huggins

From the CIRCA NO FUTURE SERIES, Nadia Huggins
From the CIRCA NO FUTURE SERIES, Nadia Huggins

Nadia Huggins is a young photographer and graphic artist who has used the Caribbean sea as a significant feature in her work. The sea is a potent symbol in Caribbean culture, conjuring up the history of the Middle Passage as well as our contemporary experience of labour and leisure, migration, pollution, tourism and the drugs trade. Hugggins’ underwater shots can be dramatic and contemplative offering viewers unique perspectives on the way in which the marine ecosystem can facilitate ideas about our bodies, identities and social relations. For example, her series, Circa no Future, considers the relationship of masculinity to the sea. The work features young boys frolicking in the waters of Indian Bay, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines. The photographs sought to capture their joy and innocence as well as their posturing of bravery as they leaped off a large rock into the sea.
- Petrina Dacres

 The 'Artists To Know' feature began as a part of the Instagram Takeover that we partnered with Residency Unlimited on during the period of protests over public monuments, racial injustice and other calls for political paradigm shifts (June 19th). It is our wish to further showcase a growing list of Caribbean artists that are doing work and have done work that is both critical and timely. Find out more about Nadia Huggins' work on Instagram @nadiahuggins and the artist's website.


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Artists To Know: Omari Ra

From BE! THE AKOBEN AESTHETIC, 2019 (a group show with K Khalfani Ra),
Omari Ra 

detail from series of collages by Omari Ra, 2019


Omari Ra is the current Head of the Painting Department at the Edna Manley College and has been an important figure in Jamaican painting for over thirty years. The exploration of blackness, black masculinity, and (neo)colonial power in Jamaica has been a main underpinning in his work.  In his monumental paintings Ra has consistently depicted himself in the guise of African-Caribbean historic rebel leaders to reclaim and embody the history of resistance in the region. He has also used other icons of power, whether Queen Victoria or Jamaica’s first Prime Minister, Alexander Bustamante, to challenge colonial and national narratives.  Ra’s early paintings were neo-expressive in style and as his work developed he experimented with collage and installation. He has actively engaged the exploration of material painting on tarpaulin, textile, playing cards and bullets. Rather than the title visual artist, he uses the term philo-visualizer to refer to the work he does through his practice and in the community to encourage critical thought about identity and local popular culture by young black creatives.
- Oneika Russell

 The 'Artists To Know' feature began as a part of the Instagram Takeover that we partnered with Residency Unlimited on during the period of protests over public monuments, racial injustice and other calls for political paradigm shifts (June 19th). It is our wish to further showcase a growing list of Caribbean artists that are doing work and have done work that is both critical and timely. Find out more about Omari Ra's work on Instagram @akoben_head and The National Gallery of Jamaica's website.


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Artists To Know: La Vaughn Belle



I AM QUEEN MARY, 2018 - La Vaughn Belle & Jeannette Ehlers 

I AM QUEEN MARY, 2018 - La Vaughn Belle & Jeannette Ehlers 
La Vaughn Belle is a multi-media artist whose work mine the colonial past to expose contemporary social hierarchies and to afford visibility to African-Caribbean experiences. Often inspired by colonial material culture in the Virgin Islands, objects and spaces become avenues of investigation of identity, memory and history. Colonial buildings, masonry, pottery and documents are archival points of departure for her paintings, photographs, sculptures or prints. One of her most recent, well-known artwork is the 2018 I am Queen Mary monument, a collaborative project with Danish artist Jeannette Ehlers, that recalls the history of black slave resistance in the former Danish West Indies and to challenge Danish colonial amnesia. The subject of the work is Queen Mary, a prominent leader of the 1878 labour revolt in St Croix, whose likeness was created using the features of both artists. The sculpture was placed in front of the Danish West Indian warehouse in Copenhagen as a public intervention that inserts black, heroic imagery in the pageantry of Western art on view at the site.
- Petrina Dacres


The 'Artists To Know' feature began as a part of the Instagram Takeover that we partnered with Residency Unlimited on during the period of protests over public monuments, racial injustice and other calls for political paradigm shifts (June 19th). It is our wish to further showcase a growing list of Caribbean artists that are doing work and have done work that is both critical and timely. Find out more about La Vaughn Belle's work on Instagram @lavaughnbelle and at the artist's website.
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Artists To Know: Phillip Thomas


Phillip Thomas - Selves Portrait 2015
Phillip Thomas - Selves Portrait 2015


Phillip Thomas - The Other Side of Now is the Same Side of Then, 2019

Phillip Thomas’ recent paintings often feature a central male figure looking out at the viewer while being ensconced or surrounded by the signs of luxury, wealth and social mobility. Sometimes the figure also appears as a silhouetted shape. It is often unclear if this figure is at odds with his surroundings; a product of the environment or; another of the objects within these partially ambiguous spaces. There is also in the picture, allusion to the sympathies held by our protagonist as he wears the colours of and is surrounded by symbols of Garveyism. I read Thomas’ images as projections of possible futures, aspirations, new realities and challenges to representation of the black male. Thomas is based in Jamaica and teaches in the Painting Department at The Edna Manley College of the Visual & Performing Arts.
- Oneika Russell


The 'Artists To Know' feature began as a part of the Instagram Takeover that we partnered with Residency Unlimited on during the period of protests over public monuments, racial injustice and other calls for political paradigm shifts (June 19th). It is our wish to further showcase a growing list of Caribbean artists that are doing work and have done work that is both critical and timely. Find out more about Phillip Thomas's work on Instagram @phillipthomasartand The National Gallery of Jamaica's website.

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This Art Life - A New Audio-visual series for IGTV!


Undoubtedly COVID-19 has affected the world in dramatic ways. Our thoughts are with those on the frontlines and families affected. Art communities are also experiencing these effects. Our own art initiative has had many of its major projects affected. We do want to continue to find new ways to support the artists we are working with who have had their plans and creative practices disrupted. Through the desire to continue our work and partner with Kingston Creative on its new Digital Commissions programme to support creatives, we have planned a new format of digital engagements which we invite you all to join us in.


Join us this Saturday at 10AM Eastern for a viewing session of new IGTV content which features Sharon Norwood, Oneika Russell and Petrina Dacres in discussion about art practice and process. Sharon gives us a peek into her studio and what she is working on now, Oneika shares sketches for new work and Petrina helps expand the discussion. Sharon, Oneika and Petrina will be present online during that period (10-11AM) to engage and answer questions in the comments section of the IGTV videos. We look forward to your participation and hope to hear how the art-making or art-engagement experience is for you.

See you on Saturday morning! Our Instagram handle is @tiderisingartprojects

Take care and keep safe.  

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New Partnerships and Projects in 2020!

Production Photo from our documentary film currently in production


2019 was a year of planning for us as well as figuring out how to go forward with our initiatives' goals. Our team members met during the last half of the year to 'think tank' together. The first major exhibition project unfolds this Summer in New York with a group of Caribbean artists. We will be featuring these artists over the year on our site and social media pages. This is timely as last year more Caribbean residencies opened and others expanded their offerings. More exhibition and curation opportunities and art ventures have also sprung up and we feel that our work is fitting within the middle of all of this new activity. 


Another key feature of 2019 was that we began our first search for investment with the aid of the new JAMPRO Investor Forums for Creative Industries. We also began negotiating new partnerships for our projects. While we are still formalising other partnerships we are happy to announce a partnership with the Rubis InPulse Art Project (with the aid of the Rubis Mécénat on our exhibitions, workshop and upcoming media productions). 

As we continue to build our partnerships, projects and productions as well as seek ways of sustaining this initiative please join our mailing list and social media networks to continue hearing updates and supporting our work.




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