Fresh Milk and Adopt A Stop continue the Fresh Stops collaborative art project this month (with their beautifully painted benches) with Versia Harris’ piece titled “At the Side of Something.” “At the Side of Something” has been installed at River Bay, St. Lucy, in Barbados.
In an attempt to bring art into the public space, six artists were commissioned to produce original artwork for benches that will appear at varied locations around the island. Other participating artists include Evan Avery, Matthew Clarke, Mark King, Simone Padmore and Ronald Williams. As Fresh Milk points out, “This project creates visibility for the work of emerging creatives, allowing the public to encounter and interact with their pieces in everyday life, generating interest and inviting dialogue about their practices.”
Versia Harris (Barbados) received her BFA in Studio Art in 2012 and was awarded The Lesley’s Legacy Foundation Award, an annual prize given to the top graduate. She participated in her first residency with Projects and Space in 2011 and has since completed a residency with another local organization called Fresh Milk, followed by a residency at the Vermont Studio Center, and residencies at the Instituto Buena Bista, Curaçao, and Alice Yard, Trinidad in late 2013. In 2014, Harris’ work was featured in the IV Moscow International Biennial for Young Art themed ‘A Time for Dreams’. She was also a part of the follow up exhibition ‘MOMENTUM_InsideOut screening of ‘A Time for Dreams’, Berlin. Her animation They Say You Can Dream a Thing More Than Once was awarded ‘Best New Media Film’ at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, 2014. Harris tackles perceptions of fantasy in contrast to the reality of her invented characters.
Also see our previous posts: Fresh Milk and Adopt A Stop Continue “Fresh Stops” Project with “Victoria” and Fresh Milk Barbados and the “Adopt a Stop” Public Art Project
See Harris’ work at http://versiaabeda.tumblr.com/