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Versia Abeda Harris | Barbados

Emerging artist
Born in Barbados,
Lives and works in Weston St James, Barbados,
Illustration, animation

My work explores the fantasies and experiences of an original character. This character is introduced to Walt Disney animations and consequently layers what she desires from these animations onto her life, especially her physical self. Her perception of and her relationship with her world changes, as she compares her reality and the fantasy of Disney Animated stories. She struggles with her perception of self as she in complete contrast of the Disney princess. Sparked by my interest in storytelling, I created the character and story to generate a comparison between Walt Disney iconography and her reality.

Despite the fabricated narrative, I address issues that intrigue me such as how one can be influenced by media and the process of comparing oneself to another of unrealistic standards.

Graduated in BFA from the Barbados Community College (2012).

She is an off-site artist in residency for the Fresh Milk platform in 2012.

In 2013, she is artist-in-residence one month in the Fresh Milk platform in Barbados, and then another month in the Vermont Studio Center, USA.

Freshly graduated, Versia Abeda Harris nonetheless already participated to several group shows, including:

Ceci N’est Pas Une Exposition D’art at the Barbados Community College (2012) ; Fresh Milk IX in Fresh Milk, St George, Barbados (2012) ; Aruba Linked in the Ateliers 89 of Oranjestad, Aruba (2012) and that same year, she was also invited to present works in New Media organized in Port of Spain by ARC Magazine and the trinidad+tobago film festival.

Artworks by the artist

Versia Abeda Harris | A dream is wish your heart makes when you’re awake

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Versia Abeda Harris | A dream is wish your heart makes when you’re awake

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Versia Abeda Harris | A dream is wish your heart makes when you’re awake

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