Born and raised in Nassau, Bahamas, Anina Major works primarily with clay. Residing as a citizen in the US, she investigates the relationship between self and place as a way of cultivating moments of reflection. Anthropological research and oral histories play fundamental roles in her practice as she engages in methods that challenge postcolonial ideology. Through her making, Major acts as a cultural advocate and works to inspire critical dialogue around developing cultural identities and building the appropriate platforms for this discourse.
Major studied at the College of the Bahamas before earning a bachelor’s in graphic design from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA and an MFA in ceramics from RISD. She is the recipient of numerous awards and residencies, including the St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artists Award for sculpture, the Watershed Summer Residency Zenobia Award and MassMoCA Studio Artist Program. Her work has been exhibited in the Bahamas, across the US and in Europe.