Anina Major

New York, New York

Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant or residency application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.

About Anina Major

A headshot of Anina Major with a slight smile wearing a bright yellow blouse in front of greenery. She is a Black woman with medium-dark skin tone and brown and black hair pulled up in braids with ringlets framing her face.

Anina Major is a visual artist from the Bahamas. Her decision to establish a home contrary to the location in which she was born and raised motivates her to investigate the relationship between self and place as a site of negotiation. By utilizing the vernacular of craft to reclaim experiences and relocate displaced objects, her practice exists at the intersection of nostalgia and identity. She holds an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and is the recipient of numerous awards and residencies, including the Socrates Sculpture Park Fellowship, and has served as a mentor for the Saint Heron Ceramics Residency Program. Her work has been exhibited in The Bahamas, across the United States, and in Europe, and is featured in permanent collections that include the National Gallery of The Bahamas; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Rhode Island School of Design Museum; and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Program Participation

Joan Mitchell Fellowship, 2023

Website / Social Links

I started researching a form of weaving called 'plaiting' in The Bahamas as an exercise to understand my own personal genealogy. Every year I witness the few straw objects left by my grandmother deteriorate. My process of making ceramic sculptures inspired by plait weaving reconnects me with aspects of my heritage. Working through the ceramic process provides a beautiful metaphor for feelings of loss and gain.”