Contemporary And (C&): How did you become involved with art?
Oneika Russell: I just kept making choices based on what my heart told me to do. When I finished high school I was all set to go to the major university in Jamaica. But when nothing really excited me as a prospect for study, I decided to put my university place on hold to try something new. I enrolled at the Edna Manley College of the Visual & Performing Arts for a year to see if that interested me. It obviously did as I completed my painting course and kept going. Because, if you do it long enough, you can’t help but think as an artist.
C&: What topics interest you particularly as an artist?
OR: What fascinated me from the beginning was that the possibilities are endless, that there are limitless media and processes to use. For this reason, much of my work uses both image and media exploration; technique and ideas. Even though I trained as a painter initially, other areas such as film, animation, moving image, comics, literature, and fashion have always held great interest for me. At times, in my animations and video work I am most interested in creating an experience that is sensory.