An abstract illustration about the squad doing squad things.
LOVE, YOU FOOL!
With this hanging on your wall, you're gonna remind yourself every day how pointless it is to be anything but awesome.
The three that is one. Vibing to the same frequency.
This work is based on a poem by Illevbare Olohi called "Borrowed dress". It reflects the journey of a soul in search of an identity of its own. In the process of discovering the beauties of our more traditional and cultural identity. I mixed a few stylized forms associated with African art with a more figurative traditional European aesthetic.
Not For Sale
In 2018 I discovered that thousands of women from my ancestral city, Benin City, Nigeria, are frequently lured into a treacherous journey through the Sahara Desert and across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe and a life of sex slavery. During these journeys, it is common for these girls to experience extreme abuse to their bodies and minds. Meeting people who have gone through these experiences inspires me to create art that addresses the subject matter.
By visually contrasting cartoonish figures with more rigid materials like steel, nuts, and plastic beads on the malleable material of a plastic nylon canvas, I aim to question the perception of the viewers on how they interpret form and the female body. The red plastic beads are objects of beauty and opulence amongst the people of my ancestral culture, the Edo people; they represent the enchantment of money as a catalyst for the issues of hyper-sexualization of women’s bodies. Meanwhile, I explicitly state my objection to the commoditization of the body in a short statement written in both English and simplified Chinese characters, pointing to the regions with the most sex-trafficking victims in the world.
This work is a commentary on the pervasive hyper-sexualization and commercialization of the human body, particularly women's bodies, across popular media. These attitudes — that people believe others can be bought and traded — contribute immensely to the propagation of trafficking in the world. My passion to create art that tackles pressing issues and situations facing vulnerable people is seen here, and is in alignment with my mission to preserve and protect human freedom. I use plaid plastic canvas derived from bags referred to as "refugee bags" as my base, primarily for its symbolic connection with global migration. Also, like the bags, women’s bodies are seen as disposable and available for reuse in whatever form one would like. I make direct visual references to the bright pattern that adorns most of these bags, using the intersecting colors and lines of the plaid to reflect the many overlapping quandaries, constant journeys, and difficult decisions that face victims of sex trafficking.
I use water-based paint markers to illustrate forms that allude to female bodies with emphasis on breasts and distressed faces. The visual interconnectedness of the forms represents how widespread the effects of sex-trafficking and hyper-sexualization of female bodies are.
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There is always something to talk about with my people.
Create or be Created
The words say it all! This is an existential choice we all face. Choose wisely.
You can have these captivating words hanging on your wall.
Don't let time stop you.
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State of Emergency
What is it to find love? It is to follow the bread crumbs that lead you to the soul. And soul in being found submits itself to the paradise of a kiss. To give yourself over to being vulnerable, and to possess such power, is the beginning of all that is pure, and true.
Title is inspired by the lyrics of the song "Joga" by @bjork .
Evolution of Love
What is it to find a family? There is no path leading to the woods. There is simply a tree that does not stand alone. And where these souls connect, is where the tree becomes a forest, the one that is many.
Burning as one
through many incarnations
across different times
melting the space between.
Si vis pacem para bellum
Together, we overcome our limitations.
Together, we overwhelm our oppressors.
Together, we make our challenges smaller.
Together, we matter.
Together, we can end systematic racism.
In memory of those who have fallen. May their sacrifice never be forsaken.