an investigative photo documentary

Exclusive 18-page photo essay from our investigative journalist team in collaboration with award-winning photojournalist Mark King. Location: St. Philip, Barbados Copyright Wondereur 2018.

MEET with artist Sheena Rose curated by award-winning filmmaker Mariel Brown.

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A CAR SLAMMED INTO US. THE AMBULANCE CAME AND THEN ANOTHER ONE.
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I WAS LIKE, I HAVE TO DRAW THIS.
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I couldn’t get the image out of my head. I got anxious because I wanted to show what it was like. It was almost demanding. The artwork was so powerful and funny that I had to tear up the piece.
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I remember when I first started making art, people would say my work was too honest. And I was so at a loss. Honest? What do they mean? I just do what I do, so I don't know why it’s so harsh to be honest.
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I LIKE TO BE STRAIGHT-FORWARD.
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Last year, I was looking at how people In Barbados gossip about girls who wear too much makeup, saying stuff like: Is she a clown or what?
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I asked my niece to do my face and I drew myself, but before I started painting the piece, my boyfriend called and dumped me.
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I was crying and crying, but continued to paint. I painted the background, but couldn’t touch the face.
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So I put the piece the next day at the dump. Somebody saw it, and I was surprised to see my painting on the cover of an art book.
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SEEING MYSELF ON THAT COVER, I WAS LIKE, ‘IS THIS GIRL A CLOWN OR WHAT?’
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A collector saw the work and bought it.
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THAT WAS THE ONLY TIME THAT I FELT LIKE I COULD LET GO.
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I realized there’s a Sheena and there’s a Sheena Rose. Sheena Rose is confident, doesn’t give a damn. But then there’s a side of me that’s fragile.
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It’s only now that I realize that Sheena and Sheena Rose is one person. I wasn’t being honest with myself.
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I’m off to North Carolina. I have no clue what it’s like there and it’s ok.
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I NEED THAT CULTURE SHOCK. I NEED TO BE SHAKEN.