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A black life matters 2020

In a times of incredible sadness, I find my healing and respite in creating artwork, it’s my way of coping and processing my emotions. Through this introspective period I created a series of 3 self-portrait images in response to what I had seen, felt and heard. The series is entitled ‘A black life matters’.

The work is available in Baryta print of 20 x 16 inches (4 editions), in 30 x 24 inches (3 editions) and 40 x 30 inches (3 editions).

I can't breathe 

3 editions 20 x 16 inches - £1800

3 editions 30 x 24 inches - £2700

3 editions 40 x 30 inches - £3200

The fear within

4 editions 20 x 16 inches - £1800

2 editions 30 x 24 inches - £2700

2 editions 40 x 30 inches - £3200

A black life

3 editions 20 x 16 inches - £1800

3 editions 30 x 24 inches - £2700

3 editions 40 x 30 inches - £3200

Conversations 2018

In 2016 a work colleague told me her story of female genitalia mutilation and how the cultural practice created a lasting psychological and physical impact on her life. In her story she detailed how she was cut at the age of 14 and how most women of her age from Somalia are cut as a normal occurrence. I started my research and exploration into an aspect of African culture I was unaware of.

This led to creating the work 'Conversations' which was a set of conceptual images about violence against women and its intersection with African culture. As I discovered these aspects of my heritage I became aware of the lasting impact of a patriarchal system that uses culture as a tool to ensure its durability, by suppressing female expression and sexuality. In the images, I use plants and flowers as symbolic expressions of culture, representing beauty, fragility and destructive power, likened by the role of culture in male dominated societies. In the images I created symbolic representations of physical and psychological effects of these violent practices of female genitalia mutilation, breast ironing, child marriage, sex slavery. The work was completed in 2018.

The artwork is available in Metallic Print in 33 x 22 inches (3 editions) and 40 x 26 inches (3 editions).

Fertile offerings 

3 editions 33x22 inches - £2750

3 editions 40x26 inches - £3200

Exhausting

3 editions 33x22 inches - £2750

3 editions 40x26 inches - £3200

Masquerade lies

3 editions 33x22 inches - £2750

3 editions 40x26 inches - £3200

Stolen identities

3 editions 33x22 inches - £2750

3 editions 40x26 inches - £3200

Flambouyant burdens

3 editions 33x22 inches - £2750

3 editions 40x26 inches - £3200

My masculine

3 editions 33x22 inches - £2750

3 editions 40x26 inches - £3200

Suffocated destinies

3 editions 33x22 inches - £2750

3 editions 40x26 inches - £3200

Loosing myself

3 editions 30x30 inches - £2750

3 editions 40x40 inches - £3200

The impact of 

3 editions 23 x 35 inches - £2750

3 editions 40 x 27 inches - £3500


The Woman Code 2018

In the Woman Code I delve into the the symbolic meanings and design of Adire textiles; which are resist-dyed fabrics made up of complex symbols and patterns that convey specific meanings. The artwork encodes messages and proverbs which were used to communicate information and influence the unfolding of events.

During the history of Adire, women were not allowed to speak and express their opinions in public by the ruling class of men in the society. Adire symbols on fabric were used as a communication and expression mechanism among the Yoruba women of south-western Nigeria to overcome these barriers of patriarchy.In the work I strip away the symbols off the fabric onto female form highlighting its truest meaning and origin. It is an allegory of the woman wearing and expressing her subjugated voice and beliefs; it’s a symbolic expression of her true self and the wider community and language of women.

The artwork is available in Metallic Print in 30 x 20 inches (3 editions) and 40 x 26 inches (3 editions).

erin 

3 editions 30x20 inches - £2500

3 editions 40x26 inches - £3200

àsírí aládìre

2 editions 30x20 inches - £2500

3 editions 40x26 inches - £3200

ejọ́

2 editions 30x20 inches - £2500

3 editions 40x26 inches - £3200

ojú inú 

2 editions 30x20 inches - £2500

3 editions 40x26 inches - £3200

ìjàpá

3 editions 30x20 inches - £2500

3 editions 40x26 inches - £3200

ọlọ́ba

3 editions 30x20 inches - £2500

3 editions 40x26 inches - £3200

olókun

3 editions 30x20 inches - £2500

3 editions 40x26 inches - £3200

ọ̀rẹ́ mẹ́rin 

3 editions 30x20 inches - £2500

3 editions 40x26 inches - £3200

The Ase series 2016

The ase series explores Yoruba culture and it’s intersection with womanhood. Exploring the divine energy encapsulated within the black woman, her power, her energy, her vulnerability are all on display. It is believed in Yoruba culture that ase, the energy within all living things is especially powerful in the female form. In the images I work with Yoruba women to visualise ase embedded within. 

The artwork is available in Metallic Print in 30 x 20 inches (3 editions) and 40 x 26 inches (3 editions).

ako

2 editions 30x20 inches - £2500

3 editions 40x26 inches - £3000

sú lọ

2 editions 30x20 inches - £2500

3 editions 40x26 inches - £3000

fọkàn balẹ̀

2 editions 30x20 inches - £2500

3 editions 40x26 inches - £3000

agbára

2 editions 30x20 inches - £2500

3 editions 40x26 inches - £3000

agbára

2 editions 30x20 inches - £2500

3 editions 40x26 inches - £3000

onijo kan

2 editions 30x20 inches - £2500

3 editions 40x26 inches - £3000

onijo

SOLD OUT 30x20 inches - £2500

3 editions 40x26 inches - £3000

olorin

2 editions 30x20 inches - £2500

3 editions 40x26 inches - £3000

awo

SOLD OUT 30x20 inches - £2500

3 editions 40x26 inches - £3000


Osèré

1 edition 30x20 inches - £2500

3 editions 40x26 inches - £3000

ìgbòkun

3 editions 35x23 inches - £2700

3 editions 40x26 inches - £3000

The Adorned Series 2015

The Adorned series started from the recollection of a childhood memory of a woman I came across at my grandmothers funeral, she was tall, dark and had fierceness in her disposition. She seemed quite important as everyone seemed to revere her. She was layered in jewellery of different textures and sizes. I believe this formed the aesthetic basis for the adorned project. Out of that memory I started exploring womanhood and its confluence with culture, more so my African culture. I am interested in exploring beauty imbued within black women and how strength plays a part in that portrayal. The series explores womanhood, female archetypes and it’s intersection with culture and identity.

The artwork is available in Metallic Print in 18 x 12 inches (3 editions),  30 x 20 inches (3 editions) and 40 x 26 inches (2 editions).

ero

3 editions 18x12 inches - £1100

3 editions 30x20 inches - SOLD OUT

2 edition 40x26 inches - £2850


edo

3 editions 18x12 inches - £1100

3 editions 30x20 inches - SOLD OUT

2 edition 40x26 inches - £2850

lẹ̀hìn

3 editions 18x12 inches - £1100

3 editions 30x20 inches - SOLD OUT

2 edition 40x26 inches - £2850

iye

3 editions 18x12 inches - £1100

3 editions 30x20 inches - SOLD OUT

2 edition 40x26 inches - £2850

ijó

3 editions 18x12 inches - £1100

3 editions 30x20 inches - SOLD OUT

2 edition 40x26 inches - £2850

gbé

3 editions 18x12 inches - £1100

3 editions 30x20 inches - SOLD OUT

2 edition 40x26 inches - £2850

boju

3 editions 18x12 inches - £1100

3 editions 30x20 inches - SOLD OUT

2 edition 40x26 inches - £2850

ìsàlẹ̀

3 editions 18x12 inches - £1100

3 editions 30x20 inches - SOLD OUT

2 edition 40x26 inches - £2850

Mixed Media

Mixed media adorning prints with jewellery.

All artwork media media of precious stones on Metallic print. Only one off edition

ìkárùn eji

Jewellery stones on metallic print on MDF board

30 x 20 inches

SOLD

iye eye

Jewellery stones on metallic print on MDF board

15 x 15 inches

SOLD


ìkárùn kan

Jewellery stones on metallic print on MDF board

30 x 20 inches

SOLD

awọn ilẹkẹ

Jewellery stones on metallic print on MDF board

20 x 20 inches

SOLD

ilé ìkárùn

Jewellery stones on metallic print on MDF board

20 x 20 inches

SOLD

ori okan

Jewellery stones on metallic print on MDF board

30 x 20 inches

SOLD

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