Annalee Davis is a visual artist living and working in Barbados. She received a BFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art and an MFA from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Her work unpacks the plantation from the ground up and is inspired by the concept of phytoremediation – a scientific process which refers to some plants’ capacity to remove toxins through their root structure, from toxic fields. George Lamming’s call to alter the very chemistry of our own soil provides further stimulus for her work as an artist, educator and creative activist.
She is co-founder of Unearthing Voices, a collaborative interdisciplinary project using archaeology, heritage studies, and contemporary art practice to explore the material heritage of Barbados. Unearthing Voices is designed to build new understandings of complex histories by exploring and challenging traditional concepts of ‘community’, 'art practice' and ‘heritage’.
Since 2011, Annalee has been the founding director of Fresh Milk, supporting excellence among emerging contemporary artists locally, throughout the Caribbean, its diaspora and internationally. She is the co-founder of the regional residency programme, Caribbean Linked, and the roving international meeting, Tilting Axis. Annalee is a part-time tutor in the BFA programme at the Barbados Community College and has recently been appointed as the Caribbean Arts Manager for the British Council.